A 4th Grader Performed Heimlich After She Saw Her Classmate Choking


  • A Wisconsin 4th grader performed the Heimlich on a classmate who was choking, The AP reported.
  • Collier said she learned the technique from a YouTube video. 
  • A teacher who witnessed the event said she “had never seen a student react that way before.”

A Wisconsin elementary school student reportedly saved a life after she performed the Heimlich maneuver on her classmate she noticed was choking on their food.

Essie Collier, 9, a fourth grader at Fratt Elementary School in Racine, Wisconsin, reacted immediately after seeing her classmate making a choking motion during lunch on Tuesday, The AP reported. 

Bradshaw told The AP that Collier wrapped her arms around the student and performed the Heimlich. Collier told AP that she learned how to perform the Heimlich from a Youtube video two years ago when she was 7. 

“I just saw that she was holding her neck, and I rushed up there as fast as I can,” Collier told The AP.

Samantha Bradshaw, a teacher who witnessed the event, told The AP she “had never seen a student react that way before.”

After Collier performed the Heimlich her classmate’s airway was cleared, and within seconds she was breathing normally again, according to The AP. 

The Racine Unified School Board now plans to honor Collier’s courageous feat later this month. 

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