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Nine year-old Hamilton boy recognized for saving friend's life

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HAMILTON, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's a mother's worst nightmare when she hears screams coming from her backyard.

And that's exactly what happened to one Hamilton mother last week.

But thanks to her son's quick thinking, a situation that could have been much worse was avoided, and now he's being hailed as a hero.

"They were just yelling. I heard a lot of frantic noises. The little boys were screaming, " said Penny Rockhold. 

That was the scary scene that Penny Rockhold heard as she ran out to the backyard where her 9 year-old son Ty was playing with a friend.

Ty's friend had gotten strangled by a rope hanging from a swing set, and was hanging down the slide. Ty ran inside the house, grabbed a knife and quickly cut his friend loose.

"I saw him and he was screaming and I couldn't see him die, so I had to go find the sharpest knife and cut it down," said Ty Rockhold. 

Rockhold said when she got outside her son, had already saved his friend's life.

"My son had already released him and I went to go check on the boy and he is just grabbing a hold of his neck and you see a mark on his neck where the rope had been laying," said Rockhold.

Penny said it sounds like something her son would do.

"My boy is very adventurous. He likes to run outdoors and climb trees, so to me this is just like Ty to go and run and do something like this," said Penny Rockhold. 

Hamilton Police Chief Robb Bell, who honored Ty at school Wednesday, said it is important so kids understand that the police are not only there in bad times, but in good as well.

"Just because the police are around doesn't mean we are doing bad things, give them some recognition and make sure they also know that the police are their friends," Bell said. 

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