Eleven-year-old Madison Irvin sprung to action to rescue an 8-year-old boy who was unconscious after he fell and hit his head on concrete tubing at a motocross racetrack in Perris.
She carried the completely knocked out boy nearly half a mile to a camp site where her father, a paramedic, could check him and make sure he received proper medical care.
She did this after an adult and 15-year-old saw the boy but decided to leave him unconscious on top of the tubing because they believed he might be faking.
Madison said she arrived not long after the boy was knocked out, which was shortly before 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 in an area of the Lucas Oil Raceway near Lake Perris.
The boy knocked himself out by attempting a jump from one 15-foot concrete tube to another during his off-time from racing. There was a gap between the two large tubes, Madison’s mother Jennifer Irvin said.
Jennifer said the boy’s shoe somehow got caught on the first of the two tubes while he was attempting to jump. And although he made it to the other tube, he landed face first on top of it, knocking himself out cold.
Madison immediately feared the worst and wasn’t sure if the boy was even alive since he was so still and stone cold. She immediately sought out help from adults.
She contacted an adult associated with the event, but she didn’t get the reaction or the help she was hoping for from him.
“I told him there was a kid that was just laying there and not moving,” Madison said. “And he told me, ‘he just wants attention,’ and left.”
After that Madison tried to get the help of an older boy who she was able to get to come over to where the accident happened. The 15-year-old picked the injured, unconscious boy up from the tubing where he was laying and dropped him back on top of it before leaving.
With that, Madison decided it was time to move.
“My dad’s a paramedic, so he would know whether he was faking or not,” she said. “I knew if he was faking he would get in a lot of trouble and if he wasn’t, he would be safe.”
She picked the boy up and walked the half-mile distance to the campground where her parents were staying. She said the entire time she was scared because he was heavy and she didn’t want to drop him and further exacerbate his existing
When she arrived to the campground, Madison was wiped out and in tears.
Her family scrambled to assess the situation and make sure the boy was comfortable. Madison’s grandmother set an area up for the boy to lay down and her father asked him a series of questions after he started to wake up, only a couple of minutes after his arrival.
He asked the boy his name and what school he went to among a number of other questions.
“When he woke up he didn’t even know his name,” Madison said.
Eventually the boy came to and was able to answer Madison’s father’s questions. The boy’s parents weren’t there at the time because they had gone out to the store to pick some things up.
Paramedics arrived to pick the boy up and transport him to a nearby medical facility to be checked and he was expected to make a full medical recovery, according to Jennifer Irvin.
Still, the boy wasn’t able to return for the second day of motocross racing because of his injuries.
Jennifer said she was extremely proud of her young daughter for acting so quickly and impressed with her ability to carry a boy weighing more than 70 pounds such a long distance.
She said that enthusiasm and pride was shared by many parents and motocross participants at the event.
“Everyone had awesome, amazing comments to say,” she said. “That helped to get her out of the traumatic portion of it and helped her to see what a great thing she did.”