(Meredith) -- A high school cheerleader is being hailed as a hero after she rushed to save a choking toddler at a homecoming parade in Texas.

Tyra Winters, 17, was sitting on a float with her squad during Rockwall High School's homecoming parade on Sept. 18 when she heard a mother screaming for help. The mom, Nicole Hornback, said her 2-year-old son Clarke was choking on a piece of candy.

"I was sitting right next to him, and I just happened to look over and there was no noise," Hornback told KTVT-TV. "There was no coughing, there was no breathing."

Without hesitation, Winters jumped off the float and performed the Heimlich maneuver on Clarke.

Cheerleader saves choking boy

Tyra Winters explains how she saved a 2-year-old boy who was choking on a piece of candy.

"My very first thought was, 'Oh my God, I've got to help this child,'" said Winters. "So I immediately jumped off the float. I ran down to the kiddo, and I was like, 'I got it.' And I just grabbed him from the mom. I titled him upside down, and I just hit a good three back thrusts."

Within seconds, Clarke was breathing again -- and his family is forever grateful.

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

Winters, who hopes to become a pediatric surgeon, is trained in the Heimlich maneuver and CPR because her mother runs a group home for foster children, according to KXAS-TV.

Hornback said she now plans to get CPR training for everyone in her family.

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