Teen Saves Teacher's Life

A 15-year-old in Southern California student who hopes to become a firefighter saved his English teacher's life with the Heimlich maneuver when she was choking on an almond.

Judy Rader said she popped a few of the nuts into her mouth at the start of Wednesday's third period class at Cypress High School.

Freshman Sam Barrera sprang into action after she started hopping up and down and gasping.

The teen wrapped his arms around her from behind and squeezed hard, dislodging the nut. He learned the lifesaving technique in an online health course.

For the effort, the teacher rewarded Barrera with a big hug of her own.


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  • by Tina Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 27, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    I am glad the student knew what to do. What about the good that teachers do. There is more bad in the news about teachers than good.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Mar 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    A 15-year-old in Southern California student who hopes to become a firefighter saved his English teacher's life with the Heimlich maneuver when she was choking on an almond. The first line makes no sense.Who is sleeping today!LOL
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Mar 23, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    A good story to read.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington, NC on Mar 23, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    Finally!!! A Great story due to one of our Teenagers!! Keep up the good work, you are a HERO!
  • by Wilma Location: steakum, CA on Mar 23, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    Good for this student. This is the first good thing I've seen WITN post about an under 21 child in two years. I know WITN posts the truth, and that most of today's children are in fact delinquints, but I know there are some good kids out there. Lets hear more about the good ones.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 23, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    See, not all teenagers are bad. Most of the time you only hear of the ones that can sell news time. Good job. Hope you get that fire fighting job.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2009 at 04:28 AM
    She should buy him an icecream!
  • by Buzz- Location: Mill Creek on Mar 22, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    This just proves that the latest crop of chilluns aint all dorked up. There are lots of kids that are about doing the right thing, and this young man is one example. It's just that some bad kids make them all look bad. Good job Sam. Buzz-
  • by SGB Location: Eastern NC on Mar 22, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    Wow!! Great thinking and something to put on his resume'! Good job!
  • by AG Location: Plymouth on Mar 22, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    I had to do the Heimlich on a student once. Thank God it worked. Afterwards I went to the teacher's lounge and cried for a while before I could return to class. It scared me to death, but I am so thankful I knew how and it worked :)
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