WATCH: High School Kid Saves Friend's Life With Heimlich Maneuver

Anytime I watch a movie hero spring into action to save lives, I always wonder if I would be able to react so quickly and decisively in real life (short answer: no). But this quick-thinking Wisconsin high school freshman is a real life superhero after he saved a choking classmate.


What Happened?

Ian Brown was eating lunch with friends at La Crosse Central High School on Wednesday when his buddy Will Olson began choking after laughing at a joke. Rather than freezing up, Brown took note of Olson’s changing color and jumped into action. He was able to apply the Heimlich maneuver and dislodge a cheese curd from Olson’s throat. He then took him to the nurse’s office to make sure everything was good to go.
Check out the sweet save below.
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“I just went and did it,” Brown told WIZM. “It was do first and think later. Afterwards, we were just like, ‘Alright, let’s talk about what just happened.’ It all happened really quick.”
Brown said he and his friends were eating lunch and telling jokes when Olson began choking.
“We couldn’t tell if he was choking right away,” Brown said. “He had kind of a laugh with it. And then his face started turning purple and I saw his hands go around his neck and I was like, ‘I need to get over here and help him out.”


Who Is Ian Brown?

Ian Brown is a high school freshman. He learned the Heimlich maneuver as part of his first aid training as a Police Explorer with the City of La Crosse Police Department. He has long wanted to be a police officer and says this incident has only furthered that goal.

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