A student from the La Crosse High School has been called a hero by the teachers and fellow students, after saving his best friend’s life. While in the school’s cafeteria, the boy’s student choked on a piece of cheese curd and was unable to breathe. The student calmly got up from his seat, applied the Heimlich maneuver a couple of times, and helped his friend expel the piece of food. This performance was caught by one of the security cameras mounted at the cafeteria.
Ian Brown and Will Olson are two freshmen at the La Crosse High School. Olson’s aspiration is to become a law enforcement officer when he graduates. To this end, the teen enrolled in the Police Explorer Program which teaches life-saving maneuvers, among other things.
Maybe it was luck; maybe it was something more than that, but, according to Olson’s statement, prior to saving his best friend’s life, he received a crash course in how to perform a Heimlich maneuver on a patient correctly.
As the two teens recall, the unfortunate and potentially deadly incident occurred on Wednesday, at the school’s cafeteria. A security camera shows Olson and Brown sitting down at the table, talking about something. There were two other people at their table.
At one point, one of the students said a joke and both Olson and Brown started laughing out loud. To Brown’s misfortune, he didn’t finish chewing the piece of cheese curd he had in his mouth. The security camera shows the La Crosse High School student starting to cough uncontrollably after the piece of food got lodged in his trachea.
One of the students who was sitting right next to Brown got up from the table and rushed to the lunch line to get him some water. Meanwhile, Olson, who was sitting across from Brown, remained calmed and kept looking at his friend.
After a few seconds, the La Crosse high school student got up, went behind Brown, wrapped his hands around the boy’s chest, and started to apply pressure on his diaphragm. The security camera shows that after four chest compressions, Olson managed to help his friend expel the troublesome piece of food.
And now, Olson and Brown are trying to convince the high school to teach basic life-saving maneuvers like CPR and Heimlich to all students.
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