Little Boy Saves Man's Life

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Every year in school, kids are taught what to do in an emergency, and now one man is calling a six-year-old boy his hero.

To a little boy, the world may seem huge, but to Dale Sams, a 64-year-old heart attack survivor, that little boy is everything.

"He's the world to me," Sams said.

Sams was suffering from a heart attack and Colby didn't wast any time trying to save him.

"He was yelling and I came out and looked out that window and seen him," Colby Ruddlesden, the six year old, said. "I heard him and I got my mom."

But that's not all Colby did. After helping his mom pull Dale out of a bush he had fallen in, he then ran and got more help, and the generosity didn't end there.

"In the ambulance they asked if he needed a blanket and I gave him one of my blankets," he said.

Leaving mom pleasantly surprised.

"I'm very proud. I was excited. I was bragging to everybody because I didn't think he would be smart enough to realize what was going on," Angie Ruddlesden said.

Making mom proud, and his neighbor grateful.

"You don't know what little angel might show up on you doorstep one of these days. Mine was seven years old," Sams said.

Or at least he will be next week, and to Colby, saving a man's life is the greatest birthday present of them all.

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  • by angie Location: parkersburg on Sep 15, 2008 at 06:18 PM
    As some may already know Dale is back in the hospital. Please say a prayer for him. Thank you Payyi
  • by Payyi Location: Vienna on Sep 11, 2008 at 08:19 PM
    I forgot Colby.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Happy Birthday and Thank You.
  • by Angie Location: Parkersburg on Sep 9, 2008 at 05:32 PM
    Tina we got Dale flowers and took them to hospital but they said he was released today. I took them to his house and noone was there so Colby left them on doorstep. I guess whoevers there now has gotten them and took em in. Please be sure he gets them.
  • by Tina Location: Cutler, OH on Sep 9, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    As Dale's niece I would like to extend a big thank you and huge hug to this little boy!!! Myself and my family are so appreciative to him! It's nice there are children that are caring enough to help a neighbor in time of need!! Thanks again Colby!!!!!!
  • by Angie Location: Parkersburg on Sep 9, 2008 at 10:10 AM
    As the mother of Colby I am very proud of him. He has been rewarded not by just me but by Dale Sams also. I want Dale to know were thinking of him and will visit him asap. If anyone seen the topic on 11pm news last night please let me know where to find it on wtap. I seen the story on the 6pm news but missed the actual interview at 11pm last night. Thanks everyone
  • by Anonymous Location: Parkersburg on Sep 9, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    And there are people saying that our school systems stinks. Guess this little one looked beyond the bad and took everything good he could grasp. God sends us His precious Angels everyday and this little one is just proof that He does. God Bless you Colby and have a very Happy Birthday this is one that you will remember the rest of your life.
  • by lou Location: ohio on Sep 9, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    I hope this young fellow is awarded in some way , great job.
  • by Payyi Location: Vienna on Sep 8, 2008 at 09:16 PM
    So Sad. Here is a child that did a wonderful thing, and no one has anything to say about it. WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL JOB!!!!!!!!! Guess if we can't be nasty, we can't be anything.
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