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Den mom who pushed cub scouts out of harm's way says she's not a hero

Den mother to a pack of tiger cub scouts, she sprang into action with no regard for her own safety. 28 year old, Kim Searle is still recuperating after being hit by a truck before Monday night's Christmas parade in Overton. Today, Kim sat down with KLTV 7's Layron Livingston. Many are now calling her a hero, but she say's she was simply in the right place at the right time.

"I remember hearing, whoa, whoa, whoa, stop. When I turned around, there was the truck."

Kim Searle has only been a den mother for a little more than 2 months. She says Monday night's parade was the first one she and her den of 4 tiger cub scouts have ever marched in - her own 6 year old son, Christopher, included.

"We got all of the boys over and we were standing there and I was starting to line them up. The next thing I remember, I was waking up on the ground," said Kim.

Just call it instinct.

"I didn't care about me...I wanted to know where my boys were."

Kim says she doesn't remember doing anything, but others remember for her.

"Dakota's dad came and talked to me today and said that I had pushed [him] down. My son says he went spinning -- he spun around with his eyes closed and then he fell onto the ground," said Kim.

Today, she's using her crutches. Nothing's broken, but her left eye and elbow are swollen and her leg is severely bruised. But, she's comforted by the notes from her son's class, full of cub scouts.

"I hope my mom gets better," one read.

And flowers from the boy scouts make things a lot better, along with fun memories of Mommy and me campouts. Kim says she has no hard feelings against the driver of the red pick-up.

"He did not mean to hurt, to run into us...it was an accident. I don't blame him," said Kim.

Kim says she doesn't consider herself a hero.

"No, I don't. I'm a mother. I'm a mom that was just watching out for my boys...God's a hero."

Now she's just looking forward to mending and meeting with the boys, just like they do every Monday night.

8 of the ten boys were treated and released from hospitals. Two boys, 7 year olds Dakota Partain and Colby Brooks remain hospitalized at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com  

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