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A fourth-grade boy is being called a hero for his quick thinking and applying skills he learned in school during an emergency.

Landin Colson jumped into action when his father collapsed in his front yard Saturday. His mother said she noticed that something was wrong.

"I asked him if he was OK," Hope Hersey said. "He said, 'Yes,' went over and fell on the side of the shed. My kids ran over. He was unresponsive when I got to him."

Hersey ran to dial 911, and when she returned, she saw Landin performing CPR on his dad.

"I'm like, 'Dad, stay with me. I know it's going to be OK. You're just going to go to the hospital, and I know you're going to be better someday,'" Landin said.

"I have never seen this child as calm and cool and collected," Hersey said. "He was far more calm than I was."

A responding officer arrived shortly after and took over. Landin's father is expected to be OK.

Landin learned CPR this year at the Simond School in Warner. He said that when he grows up, he wants to be a firefighter or a doctor.

"My nurse and my health and gym teacher taught us how to do it," he said.

Hersey said she hopes every student in New Hampshire learns CPR.

"I think every school should teach children CPR, from kindergarten up," she said.

Landin had an easy answer when asked if he thinks he's a hero.

"Yeah, I think I'm a hero," he said.

Landin was also honored by his local police and fire departments.

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