8-Year-old saves family after car plunges 150 feet down ravine

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GLOBE, Ariz. -- A young man from Globe made a grown-up decision that saved his family's lives.

On Jan. 5, Kimm Keefee and her two children plus their grandmother flew off Highway 60 in Globe. The 1989 Ford plummeted 150 feet down into a ravine.

Keefee's 8-year-old son, Johnaven Gonzales, called 911 and tossed the phone to his mom.

"I was thinking we were injured and I should do something about it," Johnaven said.

The child crawled out of the mangled car's window and climbed back up to the highway.

"I saw an officer and started flagging him down," Johnaven said. "He just got out and asked, 'What happened?'"

Department of Public Safety Officer West White said he was worried for the family.

"As soon as I got over the edge I could hear the family screaming for help," White said.

Keefee was then 8 months pregnant and bleeding from deep cuts to both her leg and arm. Both Keefee and her own mom were floating in and out of consciousness.

"Johnaven just loves us, loves his sister so much," Keefee. "He's got a big heart and knows what he has to do."

Officials from both DPS and the Globe Fire Department credit Johnaven for saving his family.

"A hero would be an appropriate term for him," White said. "He was really brave."

Keefee gave birth to a 6-pound girl hours after the accident. Johnaven named his little sister Rose.

This Monday at a Globe City Council meeting the 8-year-old will be awarded with a plaque and a bike for his heroic acts.