Boy saves brother from drowning after learning how in The Rock's 'San Andreas'

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The Rock/Instagram: "Ladies and gentlemen, I finally met this real life 10yr old hero, Jacob O'Connor. He rescued his 2yr old brother after finding him facedown in their pool.  I said, not only do I shake hands, but when I meet heroic kids, I give hugs." The Rock/Instagram: "Ladies and gentlemen, I finally met this real life 10yr old hero, Jacob O'Connor. He rescued his 2yr old brother after finding him facedown in their pool. I said, not only do I shake hands, but when I meet heroic kids, I give hugs."
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Just over a week after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson invited a Detroit boy who saved his younger to visit the set of his latest movie, The Rock has posted pictures of their encounter on Instagram.

Jacob O'Connor, 10, saved his 2-year-old brother from drowning after doing chest compressions he saw in The Rock's movie "San Andreas."

After our story, Jacob went viral, even getting The Rock to tweet about Jacob and call him a hero. Then, The Rock said he had to shake Jacob's hand.

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The first post reads, "Ladies and gentlemen, I finally met this real life 10yr old hero, Jacob O'Connor. He rescued his 2yr old brother after finding him facedown in their pool. I said, not only do I shake hands, but when I meet heroic kids, I give hugs.. now get in here. Despite the fact I looked like 9 ways of hell, battered and bloodied from my scenes, Jacob reluctantly, gave me a hug. ??????. A very special day we had on our #Skyscraper set. #JacobOConnor #Hero.

While the second one says "Big Rock hugs for mama Christa O'Connor. As you can imagine, she's so proud of her son and even more, so grateful to have her boys. She told me that at first she wondered "Wait, I am just calling Jacob a hero because I'm a proud mom and he's my son? Then I said, no wait.. he IS a real hero for saving his brother's life". Amen. He sure is. Thank you so much Christa for flying out to Vancouver to allow us to meet you and your boys, Jacob and Gavin. We had a blast and grateful to have you on our set. #OConnorFamily #ProudMama."


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A 10-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero after saving his 2-year-old brother from drowning.

Jacob O'Connor said he found his younger brother face down in a pool.  But, it was a movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson that O'Connor said helped him save his brothers life.

San Andreas stars Johnson as a rescue chopper pilot based in California. In the movie he's responsible for saving lives after a massive earthquake - including the life of his on screen daughter.

July 25 at noontime, the day was a movie. Jacob was sitting on his nana's couch.

“I was turning on a show then a minute later the doors were open," he said.

It was then that Jacob went to see what was going on. Dylan, just two-years-old, opened the screen door and fell in the pool.

“I pulled him out and started giving him compressions,” Jacob said.

The boys’ grandmother was in the other room, getting ready to put Dylan down for a nap. Jacob came inside to tell his grandmother what happened.

“He was more, ‘Nana, um Dylan opened the door and got in the back yard,” Ellen Vial said.

Vial said Jacob was so calm, but it was when she looked at Dylan she knew something was wrong.

“I looked in his eyes and his eyes were up in his head and not focused and that's what really scared me," she said.

Dylan was rushed to the hospital.

"The first few hours at the hospital were the worst because they weren't sure if he was going to fully recover,” said Dylan’s mom, Christa. “They couldn't tell me he's going to be okay."

Christa was at work when she got the news.

Dylan had been face down in the water for almost a minute.

Christa’s eldest son Jacob said he knew what to do after watching the movie "San Andreas" - where The Rock was doing compressions also to save a life.

“There was an earthquake, then it caused a tsunami and then there was a daughter that was drowning and he had to get her out and he did the same thing,” Jacob said.

From a big screen superhero, to a local hero, it's a life saving story that will forever keep these brothers together.

Dylan was only in the hospital for a day, and the very next day went back to his grandmother’s house and tried getting back in that pool. She has now installed double locks on her screen doors, so if she is going to be out of the room for minute she can lock them.

The Rock praised Jacob in a tweet. 

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