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Pint-Size Hero Recognized

Earlier this month Derek Hefner became a hero, when he saw a man collapsed outside of Compass Academy and ran for help.
Earlier this month Derek Hefner became a hero, when he saw a man collapsed outside of Compass Academy and ran for help.
It was Hefner's quick thinking that caused the school's staff to step in and start C-P-R, helping to save Richard Tomlin's life.

Hefner's mom, Noel Hefner, says she isn't surprised at how her son stepped up.

Hefner said, "He's always been a helping type, anytime anyone's in trouble. He's the first one to let anybody know that they need help. I'm very proud of him but I'm not surprised at all though."

Today Tomlin and the City of Odessa took time to show their appreciation for Hefner's brave actions, honoring him with a life saving award.

Compass Academy principal, Debra Stewart, also expressed her gratitude for Hefner's brave actions.
Stewart said, "I'm so thankful to Derek, cause there's no doubt that he's the true hero here."

A few weeks prior to Derek's real life emergency his physical education class discussed the proper way to handle an emergency situation.

Today Principal Stewart emphasized the importance of students recognizing danger, and finding someone qualified to help.

All staff members of Compass Academy are C-P-R certified and Stewart expressed her appreciation for role C-P-S certification played in saving Mr. Tomlin's life.

Principal Stewart said, "You're never too small to make a difference and I think Derek proved that to us, and so I think no matter who you are, whatever situation, we can make a difference if we want to."

Richard Tomlin said words could not express his feelings for Hefner, saying, "I believe there are angels among us and there was an angel on my side that day."

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