10-year-old boy who saved father honored

Posted at 6:59 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 20:05:19-04

A 10-year-old boy is credited with saving the life of his father in Waukesha last month.

The boy's family does not want to reveal their last name, but they say they are very proud of Ryan's heroic actions.

Ryan called 911 after his father fell from a ladder, while putting up a basketball hoop in their driveway. No one else was home. Ryan's father was badly injured and moaning in pain. He was bleeding from his ear, and was in and out of consciousness.

Waukesha's Police and Fire Departments wanted to honor Ryan for his bravery. The 10-year-old remained extremely calm during the 911 call, as an emergency dispatcher asked him about his fathers age, condition, injuries, etc. First responders say the way he handled that call helped save his dad's life. 

On Wednesday afternoon, his teachers, friends and classmates at Hadfield Elementary organized a school assembly in his honor. That's where law enforcement awarded him with a citizen bravery award. 

Ryan's father has fully-recovered, and was at the assembly.

"It's emotional, since I was the person hurting on the ground," Ryan's dad says. "Just listening to how calm he was on the phone, made me proud. I'm a very proud and lucky father."

"If it wasn't for him, my husband might not be standing here right now," says Ryan's mom. "We are very thankful."