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An eight-year-old boy has been credited with saving his mother and dog after they fell into a frozen lake in Aurora, Illinois.

Caden Medernach, 8, called 911 Sunday while his mother, Cathy, was attempting to rescue their dog, Bailey, who had fallen through the ice after chasing a group of ducks.

According to WGN, Cathy grabbed her canoe to rescue Bailey, but she tipped over soon after getting out on the water.

"Life was passing before my eyes, I was thinking, 'I'm going to die in this water, as well as my dog," Cathy said.

Caden first called his father, Eric, who immediately told his son to hang up and call 911. The 911 dispatcher told Caden to tell his mother to "come back to the shore."

Caden relayed the message, and when rescue workers arrived, they were able to safely remove Cathy and Bailey from the lake.

"I did good," the eight-year-old said of his response to this incident.

Watch the above video for more details on Caden's quick-thinking rescue.


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