ROCKWALL, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) -- A Rockwall High School cheerleader is being praised for her quick actions that saved a little boy's life last week. Senior Tyra Winters was sitting on a float waving at the crowd during the school's homecoming parade when she heard a woman call for help. That's when Winters noticed a toddler in his mother's arms. He was choking on a piece of candy. "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. On Tuesday, she was reunited with the mother and little boy for the first time since the incident. Nicole Hornback may never forget the moment her 2-year-old, Clarke was in distress.
Cheerleader jumps off float after spotting choking child
01:03 - Source: HLN
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Cheerleader Tyra Winters is Rockwall High School’s homecoming hero and it wasn’t for anything that happened on the field.

The 17-year-old senior was riding on a float in the homecoming parade when she saw a desperate mother and a little boy who needed help.

“I see the kid. I see a little bright red face and his mom’s holding him up, begging for help, screaming, asking ‘someone help me someone help me,’ Winters told CNN affiliate KTVT.

She told the station that her first thought was “Oh my God, I’ve got to help this child.

“Her kid’s turning purple, so I immediately jumped off the float and I ran down to the kiddo and I said ‘I got him,’” Winters said.

She held the little boy and gave him three strong back thrusts that made him spit up the candy he was choking on.

The incident happened on September 18, but 2-year-old Clarke and his mom, Nicole Hornback, came to Winters’ school on Tuesday to thank her.

Hornback told KTVT she was sitting right next to Clarke when it happened.

“I just happened to look over to him and there was no noise, there was no coughing, there was no breathing,” she said. “And at that moment that’s when I tried to give him the Heimlich, and I’ve never taken a class. To feel so useless as a mother was the most terrifying thing in my life.”

Fortunately, Winters had gotten CPR training in eighth grade because her mom is in the medical field. Winters plans to be a pediatric surgeon.

“I commend her for being a teenager and being trained,” Hornback said. “She saved my baby.”

Hornback told the station that her family is going to get CPR and first aid training right away.