Kids never cease to amaze me.
Benjamin Ford is a sweet, thoughtful 5th grader at Greenwood Elementary in Henrico County, Virginia. He loves video games, knows how to rock a blazer, and won’t hesitate to help others.
And now, he can add “hero” to the list.
Last Thursday, Ford noticed a fellow classmate choking on her lunch. As she started gasping for breath and her face began to change color, he courageously jumped in and saved her life.
“I felt like I had to hurry up and get to her, and I really wasn’t thinking. I was just going over there to help her. Because I thought in a couple more seconds … she might not make it,” Ford told WTVR CBS 6 News yesterday.
Ford was able to save his classmate using techniques he learned from a documentary his mom watched with him a few years ago. So not only can this amazing kid think on his feet, but he has one awesome memory!
Greenwood Elementary administrators made sure to show Ford their endless appreciation by announcing his heroic act to the entire school. The news inspired some fun responses from fellow classmates, which made the 5th grader feel really proud. And the friend he saved also made sure to give him a big hug and her heartfelt thanks.
“I got a lot of claps. I had a lot of fist bumps. They’re really supportive when I’m walking down the halls,” he said.
Quite possibly the cutest part of this story is when Ford shared the events of the day with his mom. As he described what happened, she thought he was talking about one of his favorite video games!
“He told us the story, and we were really proud of him. We were just shocked. And I was like, ‘that’s awesome!’” the mom explained.
And the celebrations didn’t end there! Ford’s parents took their “little hero” out to the video store to pick out a new game. And he ended the day with another hero, when his parents took him to see Black Panther.
When asked, he said he would do it all over again for anyone in need. Because that’s the kind of extraordinary human being he is.
Kids like Benjamin Ford sure help remind us grownups about what really matters. And he joins a long line of young people who courageously rise up and save the day. Just a couple of months ago, we shared the story of Tyson, a 6-year old Ohio boy who saved his little sister from a house fire. And I will never forget writing about Arianna, the 10-year old inspirational life coach who works weekly to empower kids across the country.
However small or large their acts of bravery are, children are regularly showing us how important it is to care about each other. And today, another kid did just that.
I think our world could really benefit from more human beings like Benjamin Ford. Rock on, kiddo!