13-Year-Old Pennsylvania Teen Hailed As Hero After Saving Family During Break-In (VIDEO)

07/11/2012 11:16 am ET | Updated Jul 11, 2012

A 13-year-old Pennsylvania boy is being hailed as a hero after he saved his mother, three other women, and a 3-year-old during a break-in, NBC Philadelphia reports.

On July 4, three gunman burst into a home in Upper Darby, Pa., reportedly mistaking it for a drug house. "They said they wanted money and I'm thinking 'What money?' I don't have any money," Rhonda, the teen's mother, told ABC News.

Rhonda's son quickly realized what was happening and ran outside to a corner store, where he used the phone to call 911. Police answered the call almost instantly.

All the while Rhonda had no idea of her son's whereabouts. "I kept thinking to myself, if he didn't make it out there is no way we're going to make it out," she told NBC. "There was nobody there to help us."

When the cops arrived at the house, police say the gunmen tried to escape to the roof of the building. However, the house had been surrounded and the suspects quickly surrendered.

"If it wasn't for the 13-year-old, we'd have never caught these guys," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told NBC.

"If it was not for my son we probably would not be alive," Rhonda told ABC. "I don't think they had any intention of letting us live."

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