RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A young boy is being called a hero after jumping into action and likely saving his grandmother’s life.
Four-year-old Ra Sheed Jackson knew something was seriously wrong when his grandmother suddenly collapsed and stopped moving on November 29.
“Nana was on the floor,” Ra Sheed told 8News Senior Reporter Nate Eaton. “She was bleeding.”
The two were home alone. Ra Sheed’s mom was at work and his aunt was shopping.
“I just suddenly passed out,” said Sandra Wright, Ra Sheed’s grandmother. “The sugar was low and then I passed out.”
“I was at Walmart just looking around and I get a phone call from my nephew saying his nana had passed out,” said Sheree Wright, Ra Sheed’s aunt. “I was like, ‘I’m on my way, I’m on my way.’ I said, ‘Hang the phone up and call 911.’”
That’s exactly what Ra Sheed did. He stayed on the phone until paramedics arrived but they couldn’t get in because of the chain door lock.
The four-year-old knew just what to do. He climbed to the top of the couch and unlocked the chain.
At Monday night’s Richmond school board meeting, Ra Sheed received a standing ovation and was given a special certificate.
“We want to tell you that we love you and we appreciate you and we are so glad you were there to take care of your grandmother,” said Richmond School Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden.
Ra Sheed’s been getting some special attention at Blackwell Head Start, where he attends school. He says he learned to call 911 from his teachers.
His family will be forever thankful.
“Good that he knows his numbers and knows how to work a phone,” said Sheree Wright.
“Would you call your grandson a hero?” asked Eaton.
“Yes,” responded Sandra Wright. “My hero.”
Ra Sheed’s grandmother is okay. She has diabetes and high blood pressure so it could have been a serious situation.
Ra Sheed’s Blackwell Head Start teachers were also honored at the school board meeting.