(CBS) — A suburban teen is getting a little hero treatment at home these days, for helping to save the life of another child.

Earlier this week, a young boy fell through the ice on a retention pond in Oswego. Zac Thomas decided he needed to help the boy himself.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

“The first thing that went through my mind was to get him out,” the 14-year-old says.

Zac had seen a fourth-grade boy who had fallen through the ice and was crying for help. The 9-year-old dropped into the brutally cold water almost to his neck.

“I ran down there, and I stood on the grass and I reached out and I grabbed his hand and I pulled him out,” Zac says.

His little brother, Ryan, watched the rescue.

Zac walked the cold, thoroughly soaked boy home to his waiting sisters.

He says his Boy Scout training prepared him for the emergency.

“He’s a just a great kid. He’s growing up fast and making good decisions on a daily basis,” mother Angela Prusinski says.

As for the little boy who went through the ice, he’s apparently OK. His mother says she is tremendously grateful to Zac.