Cast Member Receives Disney Heroes Award for Saving a 4-Year-Old Child

You know, heroes don’t always wear capes! In fact, the heroes that make this world a better place are usually the every day people we encounter. In this case, a Walt Disney World Cast Member was a true hero to a 4-year-old child that he saved on the way home from his shift. Disney heard about the experience and honored the Cast Member with a special award.


Credit: Walt Disney World Cast & Community Facebook

As shared by Walt Disney World Cast and Community on Facebook: “Security Cast Member, Joe Diaz was recently honored with a Disney Heroes Award for helping to save the life of a young child in our Central Florida community. On his way home last December, Joe witnessed a van flip over into a pond on the side of the road and quickly jumped in, entering the partially flooded vehicle and helping to keep a trapped 4-year-old child’s head above water until emergency teams arrived and were able to free him. His bravery and compassion are an inspiration to us all, and we are so proud and grateful to honor him. Congratulations Joe! #DisneyHeroes #WDWCast #DisneySecurity”


Credit: Walt Disney World Cast & Community Facebook
Credit: Walt Disney World Cast & Community Facebook

Way to go Joe! We’re so thankful the child and Joe are safe because of his quick actions. Thank you Joe… such a well-deserved award!

About Mike/ Jamie

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.