Autistic Teen Recognized for Heroism

Weatherford 16-year-old saved grandfather in crisis

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    Ryan Reed, an autistic teen who saved his grandfather's life, accepts an award and fields questions from the media. (Published Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010)

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    by Bruce Felps

    Ryan Reed, a 16-year-old Weatherford kid who happens to have Asperger's Syndrome, must be one cool customer under pressure.

    Teen Receives 911 Award

    [DFW] Teen Receives 911 Award
    An autistic teen receives an award from the fire department for saving his grandfather's life. (Published Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010)

    His calm and bravery came through Oct. 24 as he rode in a car along Interstate 30 through Arlington with his grandfather. They were the only two in the car.

    The grandfather, 66-year-old Joe Posavitz, suffered a heart attack and passed out.

    Teen Calls 911 to Save Grandfather

    [DFW] Teen Calls 911 to Save Grandfather
    Hear the 911 call where a autistic teen saved his grandfather. (Published Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010)

    Rather than panicking, which a whole lot of people probably would do, Reed brought the vehicle to a stop, called 911, followed directions until emergency responders could arrive, whipped Chuck Norris' butt, and helped keep his granddad alive.

    OK, one of those things is a bit of an embellishment, but the kid saved his grandfather’s life.

    The Arlington Fire Department and Tarrant County 911 today recognized young Reed — with his grandfather right there with him — with special accommodations noting his bravery and heroism because he likely prevented a medical emergency from becoming a traffic fatality.

    Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Ryan Reed — lifesaver, hero.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He hopes somebody like Reed is around when he needs it.