9-year-old hero walks miles through snow to save his dad

With no cellphone reception or a GPS on hand, Bode wasn’t able to call for help.

 

Michelle Jaworski

IRL

Published Apr 10, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 12:13 pm CDT

Nine-year-old Bode Bierdneau and his father, J.T., were snowmobiling in Lake Tahoe, Calif., when an accident left J.T. crushed underneath the snowmobile with a broken leg. Bode dug him out until his fingers became numb.

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With no cellphone reception or a GPS on hand, Bode wasn’t able to call for help, so he set off to find anyone who could help. 

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“I was pretty nervous and it was just a lot of pressure on me,” Bode told KGO. “I didn’t know where to go and it was really hard.”

After walking miles in the snow, he found a tourist group, who called for help. Bode’s dad was taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter, where he received emergency surgery. Both his parents are hailing him as a hero and his mom credited his “grounded” nature for keeping a level head in the situation.

H/T GMA | Screengrab via KGO-TV

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*First Published: Apr 10, 2014, 4:40 pm CDT