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Honored for Saving a Toddler's Life


Two months ago, a toddler nearly drowned in Lake Texoma.  His life was saved by a stranger, who today was honored by the U.S. Corps of Engineers for the heroic act.  Deeda Payton shares the incredible story.

Back in June, four-year-old Damien Hicks was playing in the surf at Lake Texoma when he was pulled under.  Thanks to a savior, he was pulled out and brought back to life.

Thomas Miranda is more than just an architectural mill worker and father of three, he is a hero. On June 13th, he saw a little boy go under the water at Platter Flats and without hesitation jumped in and rescued him.  "When I came out of the water on dry land and took him his eyes were rolled back.  I immediately laid him down and started chest compressions."

Miranda, who was trained in cardiac pulmonary resuscitation 17 years ago, was able to get the four-year-old to take his first breath.  "When he took his first breathe it was pretty overwhelming.  It was exciting.  In my mind it was a good sign that he was going to make it."

His wife made it to the scene just in time to see her husband save a life.  "Well I actually showed up at the lake right before the care flight came, and I just got off work and it was very scary."

Three days later, the little boy, Damien Hicks, was brought home from the hospital and reunited with his hero.  "Ran up to me and gave me a big hug and told me thank you for saving his life that day.  And of course I gave him a big hug, emotional you know, to see him running around.  From what I'd seen him last was another overwhelming moment."

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers honored Miranda with a plaque for his heroic efforts. "We have over 23 people a year die just on federal lakes here in Oklahoma and Texas so when we can say there's one less, so he really is a hero."

Miranda says he plans to get re-certified in CPR, and he encourages others to do the same.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.