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10-Year-Old Honored For Heroic Efforts

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10-year-old Maddie Adams saved her grandmother's life by performing the Heimlich maneuver in October 2008. 10-year-old Maddie Adams saved her grandmother's life by performing the Heimlich maneuver in October 2008.
Maddie Adams was given the first ever Roderick Award of Courage. The award was named for a civil war horse that died in the battle of Thompson's Station. Maddie Adams was given the first ever Roderick Award of Courage. The award was named for a civil war horse that died in the battle of Thompson's Station.
Jan Adams, whose granddaughter, Maddie, performed the Heimlich Maneuver to dislodge food in her throat. Jan Adams, whose granddaughter, Maddie, performed the Heimlich Maneuver to dislodge food in her throat.
Scene from "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," a Disney Channel show. Scene from "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," a Disney Channel show.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A 10-year-old Franklin girl was awarded for courage and bravery after heroic effort that saved the life of her grandmother.

Maddie Adams' family says she is a ball of energy.

"She's such a joy. She's always a joy to be around," says her mother.

"She steps in a room and the room lights up when she comes in it. She's great with people," says grandma Jan Adams.

Ten-year-old Maddie Adams certainly can go non-stop.

"She's always pretty much on the go, you know," says Maddie's mother.

It's that inner spark that has also made her a hero.

"I'm eternally thankful. I mean, I will be because it's amazing to me what she's done for me, and I think we have a closer bond because of it," Jan says.

At only 40 pounds, Maddie is small in stature but big in heart. It was back in September when the youngster saved her grandmother's life by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

She learned the technique just that day while watching an episode of "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody" on the Disney Channel.

"I was really glad that I did it quickly and I could get her to breath," says Maddie.

Thursday Maddie was honored for her heroics. She was given the first ever Roderick Award of Courage. The award was named for a civil war horse that died in the battle of Thompson's Station.

For her part, Maddie has not let all the attention go to her head.

"When I was out to eat, people would talk to me and say, ‘Hey, were you the girl on TV,' and I was like, ‘Yeah.' It's a little different," says Maddie.

She hopes her story will serve as an inspiration for other kids.

"Trust your gut, and also don't be afraid to do something that you know you can do, but you don't really know if you should do it. If you feel like you should, do it," Maddie says.

The committee also gave Maddie a check for $1,000. She plans to put it into a college fund.

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