Girl, 4, Runs Quarter-Mile in Dark to Save Dad

Michigan kid gets help when father falls unconscious

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 23, 2013 7:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – He's a former volunteer firefighter. She's his 4-year-old daughter. Guess which one ended up the hero? The Daily News of Iron Mountain, Michigan, says little Cadence Lucas saved her dad by running about a quarter-mile down a dark dirt road to get help after he knocked himself unconscious. Chris Lucas was unloading scrap metal from his pickup when he bashed his head on something—likely either the truck's tailgate or a hot water heater.

"Most kids would have sat there until their parent woke up," he recounts. "She took the initiative to run out even though it was dark." Eventually, Cadence made it to a neighbor's house and summoned help. Dad Chris is fine after a night in the hospital with a concussion. He says he and Cadence's mom have schooled their daughter on how to react in emergencies. "I thought it was kind of cool she remembered that."

  (Shutterstock)
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