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By Natasha Brown

EVESHAM, NJ (CBS)–Police are hailing a 7-year-old boy a hero after they say he helped save his mother’s life.

Heart pounding moments for Danielle Regalbuto Friday morning as she lie on the floor gasping for air after battling bronchitis and an asthma attack.

She was getting her 7-year-old son Rocco ready for school when the courageous little boy stepped into a lifesaving moment.

“I didn’t know what to do at first and then she said call 9-1-1,” said Rocco.

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“We’ve taught him how to call 9-1-1,” said Danielle. “I handed him the phone and he’s saying, ‘Do I call 9-1-1’ and I said yes.”

Rocco calmly told emergency dispatchers what was happening.

When medics arrived Rocco was comforting his mother while crews comforted him.

“When they came they were keeping me very busy so I wouldn’t have to worry about what was happening,” said the young boy.

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While Danielle was rushed to the hospital, Rocco channeled his inner Superhero as he headed off to school.

“He wore his Superman hat to school today so what does that tell you,” said his mother.

When asked how he felt about what he’d done, he says, “A little nervous and a little like a hero.”

A lot more like a hero in his grateful mother’s eyes.

“When I saw him I just gave him a big hug and told him how proud I was of him,” Danielle said.

Evesham Township Police say, “If it were not for the brave and educated actions of this 7-year-old boy, this might have ended tragically! We think he is very special and reminds us all of the importance of children knowing how to dial 9-1-1!”


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