An 8-year-old-boy from Ohio is being praised as a hero after saving the life of a classmate.
According to WRAL, Cashton York was eating chicken nuggets during lunch at Lakeview Elementary School when one became logged in his throat.
Cashton started to choke and the students around him noticed. They yelled for a teacher to help, but it was 8-year-old Garrett Brown who sprung into action.
As the teacher ran to Cashton from across the cafeteria, Garrett performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged the food from Cashton’s throat.
Garrett instantly became a community hero.
Speaking with WRAL, Garrett said, “My dad, he taught me whenever I was choking. He taught me how to do [the Heimlich maneuver] in case anyone else was doing it.”
Cashton’s mother is incredibly grateful to Garret for saving her son. She told the outlet, “Extremely scary to know in a matter of seconds my child could have choked to death on food, at school when you’re not around. There are not enough words to be grateful for saving him.”
As for Cashton, he now considers Garrett his best friend. “You’re the best friend in the whole world that I ever had,” he told Garrett.
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