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East. Ala. 5-year-old credited with saving his grandmother's life

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Gladys McGatha with her grandson Tristan, who is credited with saving her life in a freak traffic accident. Gladys McGatha with her grandson Tristan, who is credited with saving her life in a freak traffic accident.
Tristan hit the brakes and put the car in park to keep it from rolling backwards, then asked a neighbor to call 9-1-1. Source: WBRC video Tristan hit the brakes and put the car in park to keep it from rolling backwards, then asked a neighbor to call 9-1-1. Source: WBRC video
GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) -

A Piedmont woman is recovering after a freak traffic accident thanks to the quick-thinking of her five-year-old grandson.

Gladys McGatha is in critical condition at a Gadsden hospital, but if not for the actions of her grandson Tristan, she very well may not have survived the accident.

"I was afraid she was going to die," Tristan said.

The young boy is hardly ever far from his grandmother's side and that's where he was July 8. A tree stump caught Gladys' open car door, pulling her out of the car as she backed out of a neighbor's yard.

"She had her door open because it was raining...and she falled out," Tristan said.

The car continued to roll backwards, still in gear. Tristan made a split-second decision.

"And I jumped in the front seat and I mashed the breaks and put it in park," he said.

Tristan then told a neighbor to call 9-1-1.

The young boy may not be done rescuing others. He has expressed interest in being a firefighter when he grows up. In fact, just a few weeks before the accident Tristan and his sister toured the Gadsden Fire Station No. 7. He said he'd never seen a firetruck before.

Tristan hasn't seen his grandmother much since she's been in the ICU at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, but he's been at the hospital constantly.

When FOX6 News spoke to him there, he had some advice for fellow five-year-olds in the same situation.

"I'd tell them to jump in the front seat, mash the brakes and put it in park. And I'd tell them to go run up to the neighbors and tell them to call 9-1-1," Tristan said.

And with that sage advice, our hero headed off to the skating rink.

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