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Neighbor recognized as hero for saving 5-year-old

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

A nursing student's first time performing CPR will be one he will never forget.

On February 16, a five-year-old girl stopped breathing at her home on County Road 37 in Tyler, and the student, who lives next door, saved her life before paramedics arrived.  The Smith County Commissioner's Court recognized the heroic neighbor, Antonio Henderson, and presented him with the community hero award on Tuesday.

"She wasn't breathingat all and she was just there kind of like a noodle," Antonio Henderson said.

Henderson says it was about 6 a.m. on February 16 when he rescued Aamiyah Warren.

"I just jumped in andstarting helping," Henderson said.

Jasmine Taylor says she called 911 whenshe noticed her daughter was having trouble breathing.

"As I was on thephone with them, she started to have a seizure in my arms," Taylor said.

The mother says that's when she ran next door to Henderson's house.

"Just by seeing him drive the Heart to Heart Hospice car I knew he could help," Taylor said.

Jasmine and Antonio have been neighborsfor less than a year.

"He didn't ask me anyquestions. He immediately took her from me, laid her down and immediatelystarting doing CPR as he was on the phone with EMS," Taylor said.

By the time paramedics arrived, they wereable to find a pulse.

"It just made me feellike I did a job well done," Henderson said.

It was a job that he had never donebefore.

"I've never done iton anybody. I've just had to do it on mechanical dummies," Henderson said.

That morning, Antonio says he realizedwhy he wants to become a nurse. He has been working for hospice for the past five years, but he never imagined having to work with children. His heroic actions are the reason he washonored Tuesday with the Smith County community hero award.

Jasmine and Aamiyah will forever begrateful for their fearless neighbor.

"I kind of feel likeI'm in debt to him," Taylor said. "Every day I see him I'm like he's done this for my daughterand it's like I owe him my life."

Aamiyah spent nine days in ICU in a Dallas hospital after Henderson resuscitated her. A week prior, she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder. 

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