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Teen Saves Mother and Toddler From Texas Flooding

High School football player didn't hestitate, jumped in to save them from submerged car.


Jayden Payne probably figured he'd go home and hang out when his mom picked him up from school at lunchtime Thursday. School was dismissed early in their neighborhood outside Houston because of flooding caused by Tropical Depression Imelda. Little did Jayden know he was about to be thrown into a life or death situation.

Jayden and his mom Cynthia were walking to their car when they saw a woman crash her SUV into a ditch full of water. Look closely at the picture below -- the car is completely submerged, all you can see is the roof!

Jayden, a junior who plays tight end and linebacker for the Aldine High School Mustangs, didn't think twice. "I hurried up, threw my jacket off, I threw my shirt off," Payne told The Houston Chronicle. "I ran over there across in front of all the cars. I didn't care if all the cars stopped or not because I was more worried about their safety than my safety."

As he jumped into the water, he saw the woman open her door and come up for air, pulling her toddler daughter behind her. Payne grabbed them, and with the help of two men, pulled them to safety. "She was crying. She said 'You're my guardian angel," Payne told the Chronicle.

Aldine coach Hank Semler got out the word on Twitter as soon as he learned about the accident:

Jayden's mother is pretty proud too. "I'm very proud. Makes me think all my teaching paid off," she said, smiling, during a live interview on Fox News. Cynthia Payne says they later learned the rescued woman and her daughter live in the same condo complex where they live. Jayden's just glad things turned out the way they did.

"I had to make sure two of God's children didn't die at an early age."

(Images: GungHoMustangs Facebook page , Cynthia Payne, Jayden Payne Hudl football profile page )

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