Dwayne The Rock Johnson in San Andreas

A 10-year-old boy from Michigan became a remarkable hero last week when he found his 2-year-old brother face down in their backyard pool. Jacob O’Connor administered CPR and chest compressions to his brother Dylan, saving his life.

How did a 10-year-old know exactly what to do in a situation that would panic many full-grown adults? He learned from watching Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the film San Andreas. In that movie, the Rock’s character, Chief Ray Gaines, saves his daughter from drowning.

When Johnson first heard the story, he said it “grabbed his heart.”


The Rock then posted an Instagram video inviting Jacob and his family to the set of his new movie Skyscraper


“Jacob pulled him out, remained calm and started administering CPR and chest compressions, and saved his little brother’s life. He learned how to do this by watching this big, brown, bald, tattooed guy in his favorite movie San Andreas. Jacob, I’m so proud of you, so much so I have got to meet you. I’ve got to shake the hand of a real-life hero.

“So someone from my team is gonna contact your family, we’re gonna fly you guys up here to Vancouver to the set of Skyscraper on my movie set. I’m going to give you a big hug. I want to meet your little brother, I want to meet your mom. And here’s the best part: when you come to my movie set, it’s like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, dude. Because you can eat all the sweets you want, and it’s all free. Well, somebody’s paying for it, but you and Uncle DJ — we don’t pay for it. I’ll see you next week, buddy.

You know Jacob will take up the Rock’s offer. What 10-year-old can resist free candy?

If The Rock makes a run for President in 2020, you’ll be hearing this story a lot.

About Jesse Kramer

Jesse is a writer and editor for The Comeback. He has also worked for SI.com and runs The Catch and Shoot, a college basketball website based in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Follow Jesse on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer.