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17-Year-Old Cheerleader Saves a Choking Boy Among the Crowd During Performance

We won’t know how important first aid is until we need to save a life. A Texan high school cheerleader is grateful that she saved the life of a 2-year old boy who was choking on candy, and his mother knows giving thanks isn’t enough.

17-year-old-senior Rockwall High Schooler Tyra Winters is a town hero, but for her, saving the life of another person already makes her happy.

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Tune into the 10 o’clock news tonight on channel 4, 5 or 11 to see a story on Tyra, the Rockwall High School student who jumped off her homecoming parade float to save a little boy. You don’t want to…

Tyra was on a float for the annual homecoming parade of her school when she heard a cry for help. Nicole Hornback, the kid’s mother, said her son Clarke couldn’t breathe because he swallowed a candy.

Tyra didn’t hesitate and jumped from the float to run towards the boy to perform the Heimlich maneuver on him. She mastered it because her mom is teaching first aid to foster children, and they’re running a group home.

Nicole explained to NBC, “I ran from bystander to bystander, just trying to pass him off to whoever would take him…But I was so distraught, I couldn’t speak. To feel so useless as a mother was the most terrifying thing in my life.”

Nicole didn’t get the opportunity to say proper gratitude to Tyra because she left quickly to get back on her float. But they were properly introduced to one another at the school eventually.

Nicole said to NBC, “I don’t have any words. The words that you would say to anyone who does something for you is ‘thank you.’ But that doesn’t seem good enough.”

A community member posted on Rockwell Independent School District’s Facebook page, “I was driving the fire truck in the parade that day and exited the vehicle to render aid after seeing the look of panic on the mom’s face, but before I could reach the little boy, Tyra had flipped him over and administered back blows in textbook fashion. I have been a paramedic for 20 years, and I’m not sure that I have ever seen such quick, lifesaving action. My deepest respect for you, Tyra!”

Other parade-goers posted, “Thank you for being so awesome in our community! I saw this, and I am blown away with her act of courage. The world needs heroes.”

Tyra said to NBC, “I know they’re calling me the town hero. It’s super exciting to own that title. But, most importantly, I’m just glad the boy is OK.”

Tyra’s school president, Kevin Samples, has spoken to Yahoo Lifestyle, and he said, “This is an example of a leader on campus. Her being a cheerleader also means that she’s someone others look up to. She’s someone we want our students, our freshman up to seniors, to emulate.”

Trya wants to become a pediatric surgeon someday, and she’ll be a good one for sure.

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