7-Year-Old Hero Saves Chocking Classmate Using The Heimlich Maneuver

As much as we don’t like to think about life and death and potential emergency situations, it’s always a good idea to be prepared.

It’s also important to have a conversation with your kids so that they know what to do should an emergency situation arise. I remember when I was young and starting to go to school, my parents talked me through basic scenarios as well as basic first aid so that I’d have an idea of what to do should the situation ever arise. Thankfully, nothing bad ever happened.

“I was afraid my friend would die.”2nd grader David Diaz was eating lunch when his friend DeAndre started choking….

Posted by Fred Akshar on Monday, June 13, 2022

One 7-year-old boy is now being hailed a hero after he saved a classmate from choking during lunch. While the 7-year-old might not have had a formal chat with his parents about first aid, he knew precisely what to do after remembering a particular episode of “The Good Doctor” that he’d watched with his dad.

David Diaz Jr. is the heroic second-grader who attends Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Binghamton, New York. He saved his friend from choking on a piece of pizza while at lunch by using the Heimlich maneuver. As for as a result, his actions were awarded the New York State Senate Commendation Award.

Photo: Facebook/Fred Akshar

A second-grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Kristin Korba, shared with Fox News that David was sitting directly across from the student who choked.

She said of the incident, “The adults were circulating the cafeteria, monitoring. David rushed behind [the choking student] and performed the Heimlich. I went over right after it happened and checked [on the student who choked]. He was cleared by the nurse and parents [were] contacted.”

Afterward, Korba sat down with David and had a chat with him in which she learned that the child had seen the maneuver used in a TV show, and he had made a point to “remember” it, admitting that it looked like an “important” thing to know – what a smart kid!

Photo: Facebook/Fred Akshar

The superintendent for the Binghamton City School District, Dr. Tonia Thompson, along with New York State Sen. Fred Akshar, made a visit to David’s classroom in order to present him with his award.

Sen. Akshar posted to Facebook, “David is a true community hero who’s made his family, his school and his community very proud!”

A true hero indeed! Way to go, David!

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