Everyday Heroes

Cheerleader Jumps from Parade Float to Save Child

When she heard a mother screaming for help, she sprang into action.


A high school cheerleader proved she is also part super-hero during a homecoming parade in Rockwall, TX last week.

Tyra Winters, a senior at Rockwall HS, was on a float during the parade when she noticed a mother in the crowd who was yelling out for help. Turns out, her toddler was choking on a piece of candy and his face was starting to turn purple.

(Source: Rockwall ISD Facebook )

Tyra didn't hesitate to jump down from the float and rush to the mother. She said, "I got it," and grabbed the boy out of her arms. She turned him upside down, gave him a few strong thrusts on the back, and he spit out the candy. After that, he started breathing again.

In a story for CBS News 11 , Tyra said that when she heard the mother screaming out for help, her first thought was, "Oh my god, I've got to help this child."

(Source: CBS 11-TV )

Tyra said she learned the life-saving technique from her mother, who's in the medical field. "She taught me back thrusts, which works better on the little ones," she said.

The child's mother, Nicole Hornback, told reporters about the moment when her son started choking. "I was sitting right next to him and I just happened to look over and there was no noise, there was no coughing, there was no breathing." She said she tried to give him the Heimlich maneuver, but since she wasn't properly trained she wasn't sure what to do.

"To feel so useless as a mother was the most terrifying thing in my life." - Nicole Hornback

Nicole and her family had the chance to meet up with Tyra after the incident, and she tearfully thanked her for saving her son's life.

"You're amazing," she told the cheerleader-turned-hero. "You're going to do great things in life."

Tyra said she has plans to become a pediatric surgeon, so there's no doubt she'll be saving more lives in the future.

(Source: CBS 11-TV )

To see the whole story on CBS News 11, click here .

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