9-year-old comes to dad's rescue after Tahoe snowmobile accident

Without 9-year-old Bode Beirdneau's bravery, first responders might not have found his dad in the back country near South Lake Tahoe.
April 9, 2014 1:00:20 AM PDT
Without 9-year-old Bode Beirdneau's bravery, first responders might not have found his dad in the backcountry near South Lake Tahoe Sunday after a snowmobiling accident left him buried in the snow. They didn't have a cellphone signal or GPS, so the situation could have been disastrous.

The quiet strength Bode showed over the weekend evident as he explained how his dad got trapped under the weight of his snowmobile.

"I jumped off my snowmobile and tried to dig him out," Bode recalled. "I dug him out as fast as I could but my fingers got numb."

Bode and his dad were without food or water and cut off from civilization. He had no choice but to dig through the pain and then set off for help.

"I was pretty nervous and it was just a lot of pressure on me I didn't know where to go and it was really hard," Bode said.

Eventually bode flagged down a tour group that radioed for help. Helicopters airlifted John Taylor to the hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery on his broken leg.

"I was just really hoping he would be OK," Bode said.

Bode's mom Tisha Shaw struggles not to think about the thousands of "what if" scenarios, where everything could have gone wrong.

"I was so upset, but then I thought he is such a calm kid, he is so grounded, he is such a hero, he saved his dad's life, does he know he saved his dad's life," Shaw said.

When asked if he knew he was a hero, Bode responded, "Um, yeah."


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