Two young trick-or-treaters have been praised for coming to the rescue of an elderly woman who was seriously injured on Halloween.
Esma O’Neill was at her unit on Wattletree Road in Ferntree Gully, in Melbourne’s east, when she fell.
The 81-year-old woman was seriously injured and could not move, forcing her to scream for help.
Esma O’Neill (pictured centre) fell in her apartment and was seriously injured, forcing her to call for help.
Jake Grimshaw and Roy Manning, who were nearby, heard Ms O’Neill’s cries for help and sprang into action.
Sixth-year students entered her flat in response to her calls, where Ms O’Neill was trapped inside for around 20 minutes.
Jake said 7News he came to help as soon as he heard Mrs. O’Neill’s cries for help.
“I heard someone calling for help and I said, ‘Are you okay?’ And she said, ‘No, I fell and I can’t get up,'” Jake said.
The two classmates calmly assessed the situation while the grandmother ordered them to go get the spare keys to her apartment.
While Jake rushed to get help from people nearby, Roy stayed with Ms O’Neill until paramedics arrived at the scene.
Ms O’Neill was then rushed to hospital where she underwent surgery for a broken leg.
Jake Grimshaw (left) and Roy Manning (right) sprang into action after hearing Ms O’Neill calling for help from her flat.
Sixth year students (pictured) calmly assessed the situation before Jake (right) went to get help while Roy (left) stayed with Ms O’Neill until paramedics arrived on site.
His son Dean was grateful for the boy’s efforts and praised his quick thinking in doing what he could until emergency services arrived on the property.
“They had propped mom up with pillows behind her deck chair and one of them just comforted her,” he said.
Jake said Ms O’Neil was grateful to him and Roy for their help and said he was happy to be able to help.
“I felt sad, but also happy that we saved her,” he said.
The young boys received lots of treats following their heroic exploits and returned home with their Halloween buckets full to the brim.
Jake and Roy plan to visit Mrs. O’Neill in a few weeks, once she returns from the hospital, where she is currently recovering from her injury.