10-Year-old boy saves mom after crash

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

MESA, Ariz. --- An 11-year-old East Valley boy is being honored for saving his mother's life following a near-deadly car crash.

Bradley Mitchell was in his mother's SUV with his brother and sister just before Christmas. The car went off the road and rolled down an embankment. Uninjured, Bradley helped his siblings out of the wreckage and back up to the highway. Their mother was laying in the road, and unconscious.

Bradley remained calm, and realized his mother wasn't breathing. His next steps were literally life-saving.

"I went over and gave her a few breaths," he told 3TV. "It just came naturally.  I've seen it on TV a couple times."

His mother, Amanda Mitchell, suffered a broken neck, pelvis, and ribs, along with severe internal injuries, but survived.

"He means everything to me," Amanda said, "Without him I wouldn't be here, and I'll never for get that."

Firefighters from the Payson area, Mesa, and Rural Metro met Bradley at his grandmother's home in Mesa Thursday night, where they presented him with a certificate and his own helmet.

"You're a hero, buddy," one of them said. "For anyone to do what you did would really be something, but for a 10-year-old?  It's just remarkable."