Hero Nurse Flies in F-16

Trip honors nurse, boy she tried to save

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    Nurse Chrisy Daae rode in an F-16 fighter jet to help kickoff this year s Alliance Air Show.

    A Fort Worth nurse was honored Friday with a trip of a lifetime after doing everything she could to try and save a 4-year-old boy.

    Nurse Chrisy Daae rode in an F-16 fighter jet to help open this year's Alliance Air Show.

    Only those specially trained get to fly in them.

    Fort Worth firefighters touched by Daae's heroic act in August nominated Daae as a "hometown hero" after she tried to save 4-year old Xander Vento.

    Vento was holding up a 3-year-old girl who was struggling in a Fort Worth pool, saving her life.

    Daae gave Vento CPR and helped further when paramedics arrived. Vento later died, but changed six other children's lives after his parents donated his organs.

    Daae spent an hour in flight doing loops, barrel rolls and traveling faster than most ever do in an airplane. All the while, she had Vento on her mind.

    "I accept this ride in his honor," she said. "I'm just overwhelmed. It was awesome. It was totally awesome."