Posted at: 07/18/2014 1:39 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
The city of Albuquerque on Friday honored an Eldorado High School student for inventing a device with life-saving potential.
Alissa Chavez created a gadget called "The Hot Seat" alarm system. The device utilizes patented technology to sound an alarm if a child is left in the vehicle.
Mayor Richard Berry recognized Chavez as a Good Samaritan.
"Alissa's work is remarkable and inspirational," Berry said. "I'm so proud of this young entrepreneur and her work to improve the lives and prevent tragedies. Her heartfelt invention is the exact mentality we’re trying to encourage and foster in our city; identifying a need and filling it with an entrepreneurial solution."
In 2013, 44 U.S. children died from overheating in a vehicle left in the hot sun.
As a young inventor, Chavez says she's been inspired throughout her life by young children.
Earlier in June, Chavez started a campaign to raise money to create more refined prototype. To donate to her campaign visit her Indiegogo fundraiser site.