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A Siouxland student gets recognized for act of heroism


"I'm just happy that my mom is here because if she wouldn't be, I wouldn't know what life would be like because I love my mom to death," said Teresa Alvarado, Daughter.

A local student gets recognized today for act of heroism.

How would you react to an emergency situation?

For one Boyden-Hull student, she knew just what to do.

Twelve year-old Teresa Alvarado is just an everyday kid when her life changed forever.  That day was December 13th of last year.

Teresa's mom didn't go to work that day because she wasn't feeling well.

Then her mom collapsed.
"I was thinking what should I do? I don't know how to do this and I am just panicking and I'm so scared but I had to call 911," said Teresa Alvarado, Daughter.

"I was really scared. I thought my mom had passed away," said Teresa Alvarado, Daughter.

But instead, that one phone call saved her mother's life.

"The way it sounds, there would have been no way to make that call myself. If she wouldn't have, I would probably not be here," said Crystal Uvieta, Mother.

Her quick thinking didn't go unnoticed.
The students and staff along with the first responders acknowledged her courage by honoring her at school.  

"She needs to be considered a hero for what she did.  She was incredibly brave.  For a 12-year old to do what she did, I think is just incredible," said Deputy Waylon Pollema.

Her mother will be forever grateful for what her child did in a moment of life and death.

"She knows that she did a good thing but I don't know if she truly knows the severity of it, said Crystal Uvieta, Mother.

"It feels really good because I did something that kinda influences other people and right now I am the oldest grade here in this school so I feel proud," said Teresa Alvarado, Daughter.

Teresa has this advice for others in the same situation.

"You just need to call 911, be safe, stay calm, and everything will be fine."said Teresa Alvarado, Daughter.

Officials say that if it wasn't for Teresa, her mother most likely would not have survived.

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