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Pascagoula 5-year-old honored as a hero

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A Cherokee Elementary student is being called a hero after helping save his mother and two sisters' lives. The five-year-old received a special honor Wednesday for his heroic efforts.

Stevie Thames may be a kindergarten student, but his actions prove heroes come in all sizes and ages. Recently, his mom, Jerricka Driffen picked him and two siblings up from school. While driving home, they got into an accident, flipping the car four times.

"The car was sitting in the middle of the street and it was turned over right upside down," Moss Point Firefighter Floyd Downs said. 

"When the car flipped, I was pushed into the steering wheel and my knees were under the dashboard. That is all I heard was my kids screaming, telling me to help them," Driffen said.

Everyone in the car was strapped in a seatbelt. Mom, desperate to find a way out of the car, turned to Stevie and told him to unfasten her seatbelt, as well as his sister's.

"At first, he was scared. But I told him, 'I need you to do it,' and he did it, and I climbed out the window. It is a blessing," Driffen said. "It is blessing." 

During class, the pint size hero was awarded for his bravery. 

"We are here on behalf of the Moss Point Fire Department to make him an honorary firefighter with us," one firefighter announced.

Along with a rousing applause, Stevie also got a special badge and fireman's hat. The kid known for few words, but lots of action, summed up his feelings on being honored with one word. 

"Happy," Thames said. 

His mom was also proud. 

"I love you, son."  

The Pascagoula Fire Department also honored Stevie as a junior firefighter. 

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