May 25 was a typical day at the Jolly Roger Amusement Park in Ocean City, MD. Seven-year-old Mason Farr had just taken a fun ride down the Splash Mountain water slide and coaxed his great-aunt, Jenny Mama, to follow him. But her ride wasn't fun. She bumped her head several times and broke her neck. "The next thing I know, I'm coming out of the slide belly down, doing the dead man's float," she said. She couldn't lift her head. She swallowed five gulps of water and felt her life slipping away. That's when little Mason jumped back into the pool. He quickly pulled her head out of the water so she could breathe, and held her up until paramedics and firemen arrived. He told her, "I got you, Aunt Jen." "She was drowning," he said later, "That's the most important thing, saving lives."
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Jenny was rushed by helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where she spent five weeks. After returning home, she joined Mason and his friends at Ocean City Fire Department Headquarters. He received a fire hat and badge, and was made honorary chief for the day. He met the firemen and medics who helped save his great-aunt, and got a tour of the firehouse and a primer on life-saving techniques. Firefighters, union president Ryan Whittington said "Mason is an example that heroes come in all sizes." Mason hopes to be a fireman when he grows up.