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10-year-old saves woman: Boy rescues woman fallen on ice, called a true 'hero'

Ice photo on a Boston landscape
Ice photo on a Boston landscape
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A 10-year-old saved an elderly woman this week that had fallen onto slick ice and could not get up. The young boy, Danny DiPietro, helped rescue the 80-year-old woman after she had slipped onto ice that had gathered in her garage in upstate Michigan. The Epoch Times reports this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, that the daughter of victim Kathleen St. Onge is calling DiPietro a true “hero” that might very well have saved her mother's life from the bitter cold.

The 10-year-old saves woman headlines first topped news searches this week after Danny DiPietro thought that it was in fact a dog that was injured inside his neighbor’s garage. However, it ended up being an 80-year-old woman by the name of Kathleen St. Onge, who lives alone in her small residence.

“It was late at night and super cold out and their garage was open and something just didn’t feel right,” noted the boy’s statement.

The boy returned home and rushed to his mother, Dawn, telling her that he had a bad feeling about the matter. She traveled with her son to the home where St. Onge was residing, and soon found the woman trapped inside the icy garage. Dawn DiPietro said that she was crying for help and waving her hands desperately.

According to the press release, the mother was not only happy to see the woman alive, but proud of her 10-year-old son for essentially saving her after calling for help.

“I was so scared, but just so happy she was alive,” Dawn told sources.

She added that she immediately called 911, and asked for her husband to take care of the woman until emergency rescue teams could arrive to assist her. 10-year-old Danny’s father was said to bring several blankets over to cover the 80-year-old woman and keep her warm until medical help made it to the scene.

After St. Onge was brought in for medical attention and deemed in stable condition, Sandy Mitter — her daughter — shared with a local media source that her mother must have slipped on the ice while out in the garage. The elderly woman was then unable to get up.

“We think she laid there for two to two-and-a-half hours,” Mitter said. “She kept trying to yell for help and was banging on the wall for other neighbors.”

Mitter added that she feels the 10-year-old boy is a true hero for alerting his family and raising the alarm to save her mother.

“Thank you so much,” she said in her public statement to him. “You’re my hero.”

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