11-year-old boy sees fallen tree on tracks and runs home to tell his grandfather

We could all learn something from 11-year-old Jessie DiChiara when it comes to doing the right thing
November 9, 2017 7:53 pm Last Updated: November 9, 2017 7:53 pm

How many times have you heard the phrase, “If you see something, say something?” But, how many times did you actually say something when you saw something?

Jessie, a 6th grader from Haverhill, Massachusetts, made sure he rushed home last week when he saw something unsafe on the train tracks.

The 11-year-old loves trains, so as he’s was riding his bike by the tracks one afternoon, he noticed a large tree that had fallen onto the rails from a recent storm.

Jessie’s hobby allowed him to notice something that may have endangered an upcoming commuter train.


“I thought if a train hit it, it’s going to be pretty bad,” said Jessie, according to WBZ. “I didn’t want anyone to get hurt on board.”

The boy rushed home to tell his grandfather what he had seen, and his grandfather then drove him to the train station so he could tell an employee about the fallen tree.


The employee got in contact with the conductor of an upcoming train to slow down, while a work crew went in and removed the tree.

Jessie’s grandfather, Ed DiChiara was more than proud of his grandson. He let WBZ know that Jessie was very concerned.

“When he came home to tell me there was a tree across the track, he was really worried about it,” he said.


Although the tree may or may not have posed a significant problem, Jessie still took the time to inform people of danger and do a good deed.

“I hope anyone would have done that if they saw that,” he said.

The operator of the rail system said while workers do regularly inspect the tracks, they appreciate any information the community can provide, according to the Haverhill Gazette.