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Tarrant city council honors 7-year-old who helped save his mother's life

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L-R: Alex Guerrero accepts an award in his honor from Tarrant Mayor Loxcil Tuck. Source: WBRC video L-R: Alex Guerrero accepts an award in his honor from Tarrant Mayor Loxcil Tuck. Source: WBRC video
Alex's mother, Carolyn Duffey. Source: WBRC video Alex's mother, Carolyn Duffey. Source: WBRC video
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TARRANT, AL (WBRC) -

Monday night, the Tarrant City Council honored a 7-year-old who called 9-1-1 and helped save his mother's life.

Alex Guerrero may have been the smallest guest at the city council meeting but he stood out in a big way. Guerrero was presented with a shiny award because medics say his quick thinking may have saved his mother's life.

"I had fell down the stairs and after that I don't even remember what happened," explained his mother Carolyn Duffey.

She says it wasn't until she woke up lying in a hospital bed that she learned what her son had done.

"They said that he had called 9-1-1 and he was on the phone for about five to seven minutes," she said.

Lynn Burke was the Tarrant Police Department dispatcher who took that call.

"He immediately told me what was wrong. He said, 'My mom fell down the steps and I need help,'" explained Burke.

Burke asked Guerrero to find an envelope with his address so she could send help.

"I hate to think what may have happened if he had not known what to do and had not been so good at it," added Burke.

Guerrero's story of heroism impressed Tarrant City leaders too. During Monday night's meeting, Tarrant Mayor Loxcil Tuck presented him with a certificate of commemoration. Tarrant School Resource officer Keith Smith also surprised Guerrero with a handful of gifts. Smith hopes Guerrero's story serves as a reminder to parents to teach their kids about calling 9-1-1 for help.

"And hopefully we can teach the rest of the kids how important it was for what you did and hopefully they can do the same," Smith told Guerrero.

Burke was also recognized with a certificate of commemoration during Monday's meeting for her role in helping to save Duffey's life.

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