15-year-old boy considered storm hero

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBMA/CNN) – A 15-year-old is considered a hero for battling the elements, saving people who were trapped in rubble from the tornadoes that ripped through the South.

"When someone needs your help, they need your help," said Nick Deerman.

When much of Alabama was turned upside down by a violent string of twisters, Nick and his family raced to their Webster's Chapel area to find cousins trapped in their home.

Since the car could only go so far because of downed trees, they had to walk to search for family.

"The next thing I know, the state troopers and stuff were gathering us up telling us to get shelter, there was another tornado," said Nicks mother, Anna Holiday. "My sister-in-law and myself, my other son was looking and we couldn't find him for 45 minutes."

Nick was climbing through the rubble of a stranger's home when a fireman asked him to help search for survivors. He found a woman and man trapped inside.

"One had a cut on her leg and another was shaken up and stuff," Nick said.

Nick and his mom caught up with one another in enough time to get to someone's basement for shelter.

Nick says it's not a big deal, but he would suggest anybody do what he did.

"If they need your help, help the best you can," Nick said.

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