It’s pretty exciting when you get to meet one of your real-life heroes. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson found out exactly how magical that moment can be when he met the 10-year-old from Michigan who saved his brother’s life. Jacob O’Connor’s story got international coverage when he performed CPR on his two-year-old brother Dylan when he found him lying face-down in his grandparents’ pool. The boy said that he had learned to perform the first-aid from watching The Rock do chest compressions on his onscreen daughter in San Andreas. When Johnson caught wind of the story, he just had to meet his new hero.
I gotta shake the hand of a real life 10yr old hero. Jacob, I’m gonna fly you and your family out to Vancouver so I can meet you. Hopefully, your little 2yr old brother, Dylan is well enough to fly because I wanna meet him too. I’ll have some very nice people contact your family in the upcoming days to make the arrangements. Can’t wait to meet you big man. And make sure you bring your sweet tooth! 😉👍🏾
Johnson talked about the boy’s heroism in an Instagram post in August and extended an invitation to Jacob, Dylan and the whole O’Connor family to come visit him in Vancouver on the Skyscraper set (and teased there would be some treats when they got there). Yesterday, the legendary meeting of heroes finally happened.
Ladies and gentlemen, I finally met this real life 10yr old hero, Jacob O’Connor. He rescued his 2yr old brother after finding him facedown in their pool. I said, not only do I shake hands, but when I meet heroic kids, I give hugs.. now get in here. Despite the fact I looked like 9 ways of hell, battered and bloodied from my scenes, Jacob reluctantly, gave me a hug. 😂🤙🏾. A very special day we had on our #Skyscraper set. #JacobOConnor #Hero
‘I just want to say, I’m so proud of you. It’s such an honour to meet this kid,’ Johnson said in an Instagram video. He also pointed out the shirt Connor was wearing which features The Rock’s iconic bull tattoo on the front and a picture of the actor with his two bull dogs on the back. Johnson saved his dogs from drowning in a pool in 2015 when they were just puppies. One died soon after the event, but the other survived.
Jacob was super nervous and shy the whole time we hung out, so it was fun getting him to laugh and talk. He threw me for an unexpected spin when he showed up on set wearing a shirt that he proudly made with my bull insignia on the front and on the back was the picture of me holding our two puppies, Brutus and Hobbs, after I rescued them from our pool. Seeing that picture on this boy’s shirt, got me in the gut. Eventually, we would lose Brutus to heaven, but it wasn’t the picture of Brutus that made me tear up, it was the fact that this 10yr old kid, had a heart big enough to put our puppies on his shirt after he saved his little 2yr old brother’s life. What a special day. What a special kid. Thanks Jacob for being awesome and for being the kind of person we all aspire to be. ~ DJ
‘It wasn’t the picture of Brutus that made me tear up,’ The Rock writes of Connor’s homemade t-shirt, ‘It was the fact that this 10yr old kid, had a heart big enough to put our puppies on his shirt after he saved his little 2yr old brother’s life. What a special day. What a special kid.’
Johnson also treated the boys to as much chocolate as they could eat on the movie set (#RockWonka), gave hugs all around and told a teary Mrs. O’Connor how proud she should be of her boys. We think she knows.
Surprise! (mama shedding a few happy tears for her boys) I told Jacob and his brother Gavin that when kids visit my movie sets, it’s like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory because children get to eat all the chocolate and sweets they want and the best part is…IT’S ALL FREE. Well someone has to pay for it, but it ain’t me or the kids lol. Thank you to our entire #Skyscraper crew for all doing their part to make this visit special for this family. #OnSet #RockWonka #OConnorFamily #SugarRush🍫
Big Rock hugs for mama Christa O’Connor. As you can imagine, she’s so proud of her son and even more, so grateful to have her boys. She told me that at first she wondered “Wait, I am just calling Jacob a hero because I’m a proud mom and he’s my son? Then I said, no wait.. he IS a real hero for saving his brother’s life”. Amen. Yup, he sure is. Thank you so much Christa for flying out to Vancouver to allow us to meet you and your boys, Jacob and Gavin. We had a blast and grateful to have you on our set. #OConnorFamily #ProudMama