Battle Ground teacher saves choking boy

first_imgWhat: First aid/CPR classesWhere: American Red CrossPhone: 360-693-5821Web: redcross.org/take-a-classCost: $70 for pediatric first aid/CPR; $85 for adults first aid/CPRBATTLE GROUND — Painted in a hallway just steps from Toni Brammer’s kindergarten classroom at Captain Strong Primary are these words: “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”The 10-year teaching veteran put those words into action Wednesday when she performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved the life of one of her kindergartners, Hunter Schofield, 6.At the beginning of their math lesson, the students were munching on fruit snacks. The class is one of the all-day kindergarten classes in the Battle Ground district, and the kids get hungry by the time math begins. Brammer was sitting on a stool at the front of her class when Hunter approached her.Thursday, when Hunter re-enacted the incident, he said, “I choked on half a piece of fruit snack.”He patted himself on the back to show how he explained to his teacher that he was choking.“His face was extremely red. It was like he was trying to speak, but he could only make a grunting sound,” Brammer said. “I knew from the sheer look of terror on his face that something was wrong. I asked him, ‘Are you choking?’ and he nodded yes. I spun him around and did the Heimlich maneuver. Out popped the fruit snack.”After Brammer was sure Hunter was OK, she asked her teacher’s aide, Anne Lester, to take him to the school nurse, who checked Hunter and sent him back to his relieved teacher and classmates.last_img

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