E.Texas girl receives national award for saving 2-yr-old's life

Alexis Weeks receiving award.
Alexis Weeks receiving award.

By Holley Nees - bio | email

CENTRAL, TX (KTRE) – An East Texas 6-year-old is now a national hero.

Alexis Weeks saved a 2-year-old girl from drowning and is now the first child in the nation this year to receive the Texas Children and Youth Hero Award.

It's given every year by the American Legion Auxiliary.

The organization's children and youth chairman made the trip to East Texas to present Weeks with the prestigious award at Central Elementary School.

Last summer, when a toddler began struggling to swim in a pool, Weeks jumped in to save her.

Weeks said the honor makes her feel proud and the life-saving act was just instinct.

"I didn't really think anything, I just thought I needed to go get her," said Weeks.

"It means everything to me," said the American Legion Auxiliary Children and Youth Chairman Kim Palasota. "As the department children and youth chairman, you know, I deal with the children, I work with children and to be the presenter for a young girl, you know, this is everything. It is just an honor for me to do this."

The award is based on nominations by the local American Legion Auxiliary unit.

The organization said Weeks is an example to other children her age.

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