Quick action by a student from Elmira’s Holy Family Intermediate School may well have resulted in a life being saved.
Todd Warner, who is completing sixth grade this month, performed his heroic service Thursday, April 1, while on a school bus transporting youths to their respective religious-based schools. According to a statement issued by Holy Family Catholic Schools, a little boy from Elmira Christian Academy (his name was withheld) walked up to the bus driver, Jean Bronson, and was able to convey to her that he was choking on a piece of hard candy and couldn’t breathe.
Bronson was driving in moving traffic at the time, so she quickly asked if any of the 30 students on the bus knew the Heimlich maneuver. Todd, a resident of Troy, Pa., rushed to the front of the bus. He applied two quick thrusts that he had learned from Boy Scout training, and a peppermint candy popped out.
Bronson was soon able to bring the bus to a halt, and the student went unharmed thanks to Todd’s alertness.