Quick thinking fourth-grader saves choking classmate

ROXANA, Ill. - A fourth-grader at Roxana's Central Elementary School is being hailed as a hero after jumping into action to save a classmate's life.

Not many of us can ever boast of saving a life, but nine-year-old Emily Ogle did so earlier this week.

"Well, I was just sitting there eating my lunch and then I looked over at Kuper and I saw that his face was red…," Emily said.

She noticed her classmate, Kuper Stevens, was choking on a bread stick during lunch Monday. He couldn't breathe and was turning red.

"There was about this big of a string left in there," Kuper said.

"And I'm like, 'Are you choking?' And he kinda nodded yes," Emily said.

Despite the normal hustle and bustle and noise of an elementary school lunchroom, Emily knew exactly what to do. All because of what her father taught her.

"I did the Heimlich maneuver and I guess I got it out, but I didn't think so. So I ran and got the monitor, but I guess I already got it out," she said.

According to the girl's mother, Emily was shown how to perform the Heimlich maneuver years, when she was only seven-years-old. Emily not only remembered what to do, but how to do it correctly.

But when it comes to being called a hero, the nine-year-old isn't quite comfortable with the title, although it does come with a few perks.


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