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Payson Fire Chief Marty DeMasi gives Bradley Mitchell (at right) an award for saving his mother by administering CPR after a December accident on Highway 87.

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Heroic boy saves mother

Fire department award goes to quick-thinking boy after accident

A terrifying accident could have produced the most dispiriting of tragedies. Instead, it produced a most inspiring young hero — 10-year-old Bradley Mitchell who emerged from the crumbled wreck to rescue his two younger siblings, flagged down a motorist to get help, then went back to search for his mother — who had been ejected from the car. Once he found her, he gave her CPR — and saved her life. So when local and Valley firefighters heard the little hero was suffering from nightmares about the December accident on Highway 87, they staged a ceremony to honor the fourth-grader for his life-saving actions.

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