CCTV footage captured the moment a basketball coach in the Omaha suburb of Papillion, Nebraska, saved a high school freshman from choking in a school cafeteria on April 26.
Footage released to Storyful by Papillion-La Vista South High School shows the boy sitting in the cafeteria before struggling and pointing to his throat. The coach, Joel Hueser, quickly noticed something was wrong, went toward him, and performed the Heimlich maneuver on him.
Speaking to local media, Hueser said: “Every two years when we have to do CPR, I’m like, ‘We really have to do this again,’ but it certainly paid off this time.”
“Any teacher or coach would have done the same thing. I just happened to be there,” he added.
The freshman, Riley Kelly, was thankful for the coach’s quick actions.
“I would definitely say, ‘Thank you very much, I really appreciate it,’” Kelly said, according to local media.
The school’s principal, Jeff Spilker, said, "Mr Hueser responded so quickly and truly saved our student’s life. We are so grateful that he was there and knew exactly what to do. He is a true hero.” Credit: Papillion-La Vista South High School via Storyful