Elementary School Custodian Saves Girl from Choking

November 16, 2020

Aside from keeping schools clean and sanitized, some school custodians take on other responsibilities to keep children safe. Fox News reports that a school custodian in Utah is being called a hero after saving the life of a child who was choking during lunch.

Doug Christensen, a custodian at Silver Mesa Elementary School in Sandy, Utah, was sweeping the cafeteria when a girl approached him saying her friend was choking. Christensen, a former EMT, had been in this situation before so he was able to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the girl who then ejected a tater tot from her throat.

Christensen told Fox News he was just doing his job. “I’m just doing what I normally do. I’d do it for anybody, so it’s just normal routine.”

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