8 year old Clayton McGuire and his grandmother were watching an historic snow fall from inside their warm home in Ottawa when he noticed something outside. The storm was dropping almost 5 inches of snow per hour, but Clayton told his grandma that he could see a man in the snowbank across the street. Connor put on his coat and hat and rushed outside to help. Based on the thick blanket of snow covering him, the man had been lying face-down in the cold for about 20 dangerous minutes, but Clayton was able to wake him and help him back on his feet and then back to grandmas house.
The McGuires warmed him up with a hot cocoa and blankets as they waited for paramedics, who said the man is in his 70s. While Clayton is modest about what he did, Ottawa Paramedic Service spokesperson Andre Mollema says the boy’s quick thinking saved the man’s life. “Anyone who makes the call to 911 when help is required can be considered a hero,” Mollema says. “You made the whole difference.”