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8-year-old boy awarded Phoenix Fire Department's Lifesaving Award

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At just 8-years old, a valley boy knew exactly what to do when his mom had a medical emergency while behind the wheel of a car -- saving his family from what could have been a very bad ending.

On Friday, Braeden Jensen was awarded for his bravery.

In front of his classmates at Apache Elementary School, Braeden stood proud, a young hero being recognized for knowing exactly what to do when faced with a life-threatening emergency.

"She started driving not straight.. it gets a little wiggly, so I knew I had to tell her to pull over," he said.

On March 8, Braeden, his younger brother Nash and his pregnant mom were heading to visit dad at work when April Heinzerling-Noble suddenly lost consciousness while behind the wheel -- a symptom of her Type 1 Diabetes.

"I wasn't feeling good.  I said, 'Boys, I don't think I can drive anymore.' I went to pull over and that was it," she said.

"I shift the gear to park and then it stops right away. I just grabbed her purse, looked for her phone.  When I got it, I called, I did emergency swipe, I called 911," said Braeden.

Braeden actually received his special award from the Phoenix Fire Department during his school's monthly assembly. It was actually the 911 operator, Michael Salazar, that suggested this happen.

"I heard Braeden come on the other line.  Says his mom is unconscious, tells me that she has Diabetes," said Salazar.

911 operators listened as Braeden described landmarks and guided firefighters to his mother.

"Every time I see both of them, that is what I am most proud of -- that is my best Braeden and Nash," said April.

Braeden says The Citizen Life Saving Award is an honor he'll never forget.

"It feels really great to get this because now I know that I did something really, really good.  I'll be remembered for it."

April says she has taught her boys to pay attention to her symptoms, but they've only had to help out at home in the past.

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