Tyra Winters, a 17-year-old Rockwall High School cheerleader, jumped off a float during a homecoming parade to save a 2-year-old boy who was choking last week.
Winters was sitting on a float waving at the crowd during the school’s homecoming parade, a yearly tradition in Rockwall, Texas when she heard Nicole Hornback call for help. She sprung into action, CBS Local reported.
Hornback’s son, Clarke, was choking on a piece of candy. She tried everything including giving him the Heimlich maneuver but nothing worked.
“I literally 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,” Hornback said.
A stranger tried to help, but Clarke still couldn’t breathe, according to KXAS-TV.
Winters without hesitation jumped off the moving float, and ran over to the boy, performed the Heimlich maneuver until the candy dislodged.
“He was turning purple, so I immediately jumped off the float, I ran down to the kiddo, and I was like, ‘I got him’ and I grabbed him from the mom. I grabbed him and tilted him and I gave a good three back thrusts and he ended up spitting up,” Winters explained, according to CBS Local.
Winters was there in a flash and moments later, Clarke was breathing again.
Hornback wanted to personally thank Winters but did not know her name or how to reach her. She wrote a message on Facebook about the incident, then thanks to school administrators, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, she and her son were reunited with Winters.
“I don’t really 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,” Hornback said, according to KXAS-TV.
“She saved my baby. I commend her for being a teenager and being trained,” Hornback added.
Winters was trained in the Heimlich maneuver and CPR. She also plans on becoming a pediatric surgeon.