When Arron Ronald got some new neighbours from Poland, the youngster did everything he could to make them feel welcome.
The 11-year-old primary school pupil soon took the family’s son Piotr Wisnieski, who is around the same age as himself, under his wing.
And Arron proved to be a true friend Piotr could rely on when he broke his leg.
The boys were playing football with some pals on recreation land off Hastings Road, Leyland, when Piotr went in for a tackle and fell to the ground in agony. Arron recognised the situation was serious and kept his cool while he and another pal Adam rang an ambulance.
Northbrook Primary School pupil Arron then ran to Piotr’s parents’ house in nearby Hampden Road and managed to convey to the Polish-speaking family what had happened.
Arron then returned to the recreation ground to stay with his friend and reassure him until an ambulance arrived.
Paramedics found the poor youngster had broken his leg and he later needed an operation.
With his pal still in hospital a week after the accident, Arron has been calling round at Piotr’s home every day to ask how he is getting on.
Arron’s mum Rachel Hunter said she was proud of how her young son had kept calm in an emergency and tried to help a friend in need.
She said: “Arron said his friend went in for a tackle and he just fell to the ground.
“He heard a snap and Piotr’s leg ended up to the side of his waist.
“Arron has a heart condition and knows an emergency and he knew he needed help when he heard the crack.
“Aaron asked if anyone had a mobile to ring an ambulance and then ran to get the boy’s parents. He’s been checking up on him every day since.
“I’m proud of him. He is a very caring and loving boy who worries about everyone.”
Arron’s aunt Lydia Lee said she thought Aaron and his pals deserved a pat on the back.
She added: “He is a really good lad.
“It would be nice for him to have a bit of recognition.”