High Schooler Notices Friend Choking at Lunch—Bet He’s Glad He’d Just Taken a Police Training Course

We have all heard of the Heimlich maneuver, but would you really know how to use it if you saw someone choking?

This past Wednesday at Central High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin, freshman Ian Brown was eating lunch with a few of his friends when things took a sudden turn for the worst.

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Out of nowhere, classmate Will Olsen started choking on his food:

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At first, the friends thought Olsen was just laughing, although they realized he was in danger when his face began to turn red.

While one friend at the table proceeded to back away:

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Brown knew he had to do something.

Rather than panic, Brown calmly stood up, walked over to Olsen, and put into action what he learned at a youth police training seminar:

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Brown managed to remove the lodged piece of food from Wilson’s throat, turning a nearly deadly incident into a close call.

Meanwhile, the friend who ran away handed Olsen some water:

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Since the incident, Brown has been hailed a hero for saving his friends life.

Olsen was beyond grateful that Brown was there, telling Good Morning America:

“I felt thankful I had Ian, a friend, there that had the training to do what he did.”

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Brown stated he just did what he had to do:

“I just felt I was doing what I was trained to do. I’ve wanted to be a police officer and that’s what they trained me to do and that’s what they told me to do.”

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According to the National Saftey Council, choking is the fourth most likely cause of accidental death.

If you would like to learn how to perform the Heimlich, watch this video below:

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