5-year-old’s ‘ears’ save sis­ter’s life

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A five-year-old Whitby boy pulled his sis­ter from be­hind a re­vers­ing car, but says he didn’t save her life – his ears did.

Will Grif­fiths was eat­ing din­ner at home last Mon­day evening when he heard his dad Jon re­turn­ing from work.

Lit­tle sis­ter Alexan­dra, 21 months, ran into the garage through a door from the fam­ily’s hall­way – right into the path of her fa­ther’s re­vers­ing car.

Will raced af­ter her, grabbed her and banged on the car boot to alert his fa­ther.

‘‘I heard the car come in,’’ Will says.

‘‘When Dad was com­ing in the garage from work Alex went in the garage and I came in be­fore Dad – he was go­ing to run her over.’’

Mum Joanne was in the kitchen, and re­alised what Alexan­dra was do­ing just as Will pulled her from the path of the car.

‘‘I was pre­par­ing din­ner. I just heard Will shout, ‘Alex!’’’ she says.

‘‘It was just such quick think­ing on his part.’’

Will re­alises his ac­tions were heroic, but says it was his ears that saved his sis­ter, Joanne says.

‘‘He said, ‘I saved my sis­ter’s life but it wasn’t me, it was my ears, I heard the door open’.’’

Both of Will’s par­ents say he is un­usu­ally pro­tec­tive of his lit­tle sis­ter.

There was no lock on the door be­tween the fam­ily’s garage and hall­way, but one is to be in­stalled.

‘‘I don’t even want to think what could have hap­pened,’’ Joanne says. ‘‘It’s just such a wake-up call.’’ Will’s friends at Ad­ven­ture School con­grat­u­lated him on his hero­ism and the res­cue was the main topic of con­ver­sa­tion among par­ents at the school gates, Joanne says.

Will’s dad Jon says he wouldn’t have seen Alexan­dra un­til it was too late.

‘‘It hap­pened quite quickly,’’ he says.

‘‘It was re­ally lucky.’’

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