Heroic 9-year-old boy rescues little sister from armed carjackers in Alabama

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MOODY, AL – A heroic 9-year-old boy is being praised for saving his little sister during a carjacking in Moody, Alabama on Thursday. The boy pulled his sister from the vehicle as it was being driven away by two armed men.

Ethan, sister Audrey, and mother Kristin Walker - Screenshot courtesy of ABC News
Ethan, sister Audrey, and mother Kristin Walker – Screenshot courtesy of ABC News

The Moody Police Department reported that the children were sitting in the back seat family’s car while their mother, Kristin Walker, pumped gas. A man exited a maroon Chevrolet SUV that was parked at the pumps opposite the victim. The man jumped into the driver’s seat of the family’s vehicle.

Walker tried to stop the man, but he flashed a gun at her. The pregnant mother said:

“When the man jumped in the front seat, I lunged in on top of him and removed the keys. That’s when he pulled the gun on me.”

The police described how 9-year-old Ethan Walker saved his 5-year-old sister Audrey Walker:

“As this was happening, her 9-year-old son, in what can only be described as an incredible act of bravery and composure, exited the rear driver’s side of the vehicle and ran around to the passenger side rear.”

The Gas Station where the carjacking took place - Screenshot courtesy of ABC News
The gas station where the carjacking took place – Screenshot courtesy of ABC News

Ethan spoke about the scary event with WBMA News:

“When he got in, I really didn’t notice. But once my mom jumped in, I kind of started to notice that he was trying to take the car. So, I jumped out and went around a got Audrey out.”

Within seconds, Ethan was able to run around the vehicle and unbuckle his sister’s seatbelt. He then pulled her out of the vehicle just as it was being driven away. Neither child was injured.

Ethan’s father Brian Walker said he was devastated when he got the call about the incident, but was proud of his son:

“That calmness, at least a little bit, to be able to get over there and unbuckle the car seat without fumbling or freaking out to where he couldn’t get it done – he kept his composure and did a fantastic job.”

The man who entered the vehicle was identified as 18-year-old Kendarian Toran of Jackson, Mississippi. Another man who was driving the suspects’ SUV was identified as 23-year-old Eric White, also of Jackson. The SUV was recovered and found to have been stolen out of Jackson the previous day.

Moody police described the suspects’ arrests in a statement released on Facebook:

“In addition to the incredible bravery of a little boy and his mother, a joint effort by law enforcement agencies spread out between Moody AL and Jackson MS and the use of the FLOCK camera system and other vehicle tag readers led to the rapid location of the suspects as they fled back into Mississippi.

“After a brief vehicle pursuit, they were both taken into custody by the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office.”

Both men were taken into custody in Rankin County, Mississippi, and are awaiting extradition back to Alabama. St. Clair County District Attorney Lyle Harmon said both men will face multiple felony charges, including armed robbery and vehicle theft.

A handgun was recovered at the scene of the arrest.

Firearm recovered at pursuit crash scene - Screenshot courtesy of ABC News
Firearm recovered at pursuit crash scene – Screenshot courtesy of ABC News

Moody Police Chief Thomas Hunt said he plans to honor Ethan for his bravery.

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Little boy, 7, runs into house engulfed in flames to save baby sister: ‘I was scared, but I didn’t want my sister to die.’

December 30, 2020

TAZEWELL, TN- A seven-year-old boy saved his baby sister from their burning Tennessee home by heroically jumping through the window to her bedroom.

According to reports, Chris and Nicole Davidson, both former firefighters, could not get to the bedroom where their 22-month-old daughter was because of the ferocious flames in the living room. They were only able to grab their sons from their bedrooms before exiting the burning home.

Once they realized that they could not get into their daughter’s room, Eli, their seven-year-old son, climbed through a window from the outside into her room. With a boost from dad, he was in. He said:

“Dad busted the window and then I said, ‘I can do it,’ like two times and then I said, ‘I got her dad.’ And when we went down there I said, ‘I was scared, but I didn’t want my sister to die.'”

Davidson said something woke her in the middle of the night before she realized there was smoke and flames in the house. She and her husband immediately jumped into action. She said:

“He grabbed the fire extinguisher trying to buy me time to get the kids and I grabbed the boys because they were closest to the fire.”

However, when she reached the living room, she was met by a wall of flames that prevented her from being about to reach her daughter’s bedroom. Breaking down into tears, she said:

“The scariest moment of my life was when I thought we couldn’t get her.”

Chris told CNN:

“The smoke and fire was so thick there was no way I could get to her. We went outside to get to her from the window, but there was nothing for me to stand on to reach up there. So, I picked up Eli, who went through the window and was able to grab her from her crib.”

He added:

“We couldn’t be more proud of Eli. He did something a grown man wouldn’t do.”

No one was hurt in the fire, but the home was a total loss.

The family is now staying with a family member who lives nearby. Between the fire, impacted job loss due to the pandemic, and the loss of Nicole’s grandfather, a GoFundMe page has been launched to help the family start over.

To date, the fundraiser has raised over $344,000. Chris said:

“We lost everything that we ever had. Our entire lives were in that home. Our three cars were also damaged in the fire.”

He added:

“It’s devastating. We have nothing. You have never been as humble as you are when you don’t even have your own underwear to wear.”

Eli is one of 34 children the couple has fostered over the years. They have adopted Elijah and Erin.

South Claiborne Volunteer Fire Department initially responded to the fire along with several other nearby departments. However, by the time 20 firefighters arrived, the house was already engulfed in flames. Investigators have yet to determine the official cause of the fire, but an electrical fire is suspected. 


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