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Boy Saves Choking Classmate (Video)

| by Michael Doherty

A boy may have saved his classmate's life at Wisconsin high school when he noticed he was choking during lunch, and performed the Heimlich maneuver as other classmates looked on (video below).

In the video of the incident, Ian Brown notices that classmate Will Olson appears to be choking. When he realized the other kids weren't going to help, he took it into his own hands to save his friend's life, WISN reports.

The rescue, which happened March 22 at Central High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin, was shared on the school's Facebook page. In the clip, Olson can be seen sitting with other students at lunch before starting to cough and hold his stomach. Some of the students in the cafeteria reportedly thought Olson was joking, and continued to eat as he choked.

Once Brown saw the color in Olson's face and neck change, he knew the choking gestures weren't a joke and jumped into action, USA Today reports.

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Brown performed the Heimlich maneuver, which he learned as part of his first aid training as a police explorer for the City of La Crosse Police Department, on Olson three or four times before the food he was choking on became dislodged and Olson could breathe again.

"I could've been dead. I could be dead now," Olson said after the incident. "I'm thankful. I can't say thank you enough for what he did. There's so many words that can explain it."

"A couple of the other kids just didn't do anything, so I'm like, 'All right, I'll step up to the plate and help him out,'" said Brown.

After he helped save Olson, Brown walked his classmate to the nurse Kim Mahlum's office.

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According to a press release from La Crosse police, Mahlum said that because of Brown and his first aid training, tragedy was averted.

"The Police Explorer program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and other activities," said the La Crosse Police Department. "Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship, and patriotism."

Social media users also praised Brown's bravery.

"CPR, first aid... now these are the things they should teach in school," said one commenter on the school's Facebook post. "Ian, you've done an amazing thing!"

"I wouldn't even know how to begin to thank that kid if I was the mom of the boy choking," wrote another. "Thank God he was there!"

Sources: WISN, USA Today, Facebook, La Crosse Police Department / Photo vredit: US Department of Agriculture/Flickr / Video credit: NY Post via YouTube

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