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'Brave' Boy, 5, Helped Save Overdosing Parents: Police

"How can something so awesome be so sad all at the same time?" police wrote on Facebook

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    Police in Ohio say the 5-year-old son of a couple who overdosed on heroin saved his parents by walking two blocks in the dark to alert another relative because he thought they were dead.

    Emergency responders used a drug-overdose antidote to revive the unresponsive pair Thursday morning after finding them on the floor of a home in Middletown, about 25 miles north of Cincinnati. A 3-month-old baby was found in a car seat nearby.

    Police say the couple acknowledged using heroin. They were jailed on child-endangering charges.

    Middletown police shared the story on their Facebook page with a call for action, urging drug users to get help and their loved ones to intervene to help them.

    "This 5 year old child, a hero, saved 3 lives today. How can something so awesome be so sad all at the same time?" police wrote in the post. "He was given a badge for being so brave."