The young boy was on the back of the snowmobile as his father drove.
But John Taylor couldn’t control the machine, and he crashed, breaking his leg.
That’s when nine-year-old Bode Beirdneau knew he was the only person who could help. Bode told the Marin Independent Journal his problem was, deciding what that something was.
"I freaked out because I didn't know where to go," he began.
The accident happened in a very isolated area near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, making his choice even more difficult.
KTVU-TV reports Bode rolled the snowmobile off his dad, jumped on, and took off looking for help. Bode said the more he drove the calmer he became. Just 20 minutes into his search, the fourth grader found a group of tourists, and one of them called for help.
However, that wasn’t the end of the story.
Even with assistance on-site, Bode had to find his way back to his father with only his memory.
He did it, and he did it quickly. "He showed a lot of maturity for his age," California Highway Patrol officer Jeff Gardner said.
Gardner was amazed at Bode’s demeanor. "It's the calm and composure he had during the whole thing," he noted.