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Clear Spring teacher honored for using Heimlich maneuver to help choking boy

August 25, 2008

The Governor's Citation recently was presented to Melissa Delaney of Clear Spring Elementary School for her quick action when a student began choking on a piece of food May 9.

Maryland Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington, Allegany, presented the citation.

Delaney, a fourth-grade teacher, performed the Heimlich maneuver on Trevor Shupp when a piece of food became lodged in his throat. After Trevor tried to clear his throat by taking a drink from the water fountain, Delaney noticed his face was deep red and that the student was holding his throat.

Delaney took him aside and performed the Heimlich maneuver and the chip partially dislodged from his throat.

Trevor motioned for her to perform the maneuver again and she did. She then called the health room for assistance.

Trevor, Delaney and the rest of the fourth-grade class went on with the rest of their school day.

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