VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Two 4th graders are now heroes as they walk the halls of Ernie Pyle Elementary School in Vermillion County after school staff said their quick thinking and swift action helped save a life.
Lane Griffin and Zachary Barnes saw another student choking during breakfast in the schools cafeteria. Seeing the student in distress, they pounded on his back until he coughed up the obstruction and was able to breathe again.
They said while not everyone noticed what was going on, some students nearby did see it, and they thanked the two boys for stepping in.
The boys said it is important for kids to know how to save someone who is choking.
"If someone is choking and the teachers are talking over there they wouldn't know. So someones going to have to learn how to do it," said Lane Griffin.
"I think a lot of kids could go over it with their family and have a little practice drill," said Zachary Barnes.
The boys were recognized for their good deed and each received a thank you card and a candy bar.