08/29/2013 02:14 pm ET Updated Aug 29, 2013

Mackenzie Lebron, 8-Year-Old Alabama Girl, Saves Little Brother From Dog Attack (VIDEO)

A young Alabama girl put herself in harm’s way in order to protect the little brother she adores.

As Mackenzie Lebron, 8, her 4-year-old brother and their grandmother were heading out of the house, a vicious dog appeared and started attacking the little boy, WAFF reported. Mackenzie immediately raced into action and rested her sibling on a nearby car so he wouldn’t get hurt, but then the dog went after the heroic girl.

The dog bit the girl’s stomach and leg and her grandmother couldn’t rescue Mackenzie. A good Samaritan eventually stepped in and tore the animal away.

Mackenzie was treated and released from the hospital and her family is grateful for her bravery.

"I'm very proud of her," Chastity Bradford, Mackenzie’s aunt, told the news outlet.

Stories like these make us realize the immeasurable power of sibling love.

Last May, when Grace Varley’s little brother started choking, the 4-year-old girl remained calm and knew exactly what to do, the Associated Press reported.

While Grace’s grandmother frantically raced outside their Amityville, N.Y., home for help, the precocious girl dialed 9-1-1 -- as she was taught to do in school -- and explained the situation to the dispatcher. Within minutes, an officer arrived, dislodged the food and got the boy breathing again.

"Grace surprises us constantly," Grace's mother, Alison, told CBS. "She’s far better than I could ever be, and that’s all you ever really hope for your children."


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