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Mom credited with helping save student’s life

posted Jun 14, 2016, 6:39 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Jun 14, 2016, 6:39 AM ]
              The quick action of a mom eating lunch with her child is being crediting with helping save the life of another child. The mom, Maricela Lopez Solis, was visiting the Forest Hill Elementary School cafeteria on Monday, June 6, when a first-grade student approached his teacher, Sherry Suttles, and indicated he was choking. Suttles and Tammy Huffman, the school’s bookkeeper, both performed the Heimlich maneuver on the student, which partially cleared his airway. Ms. Lopez stepped in and finished the job, freeing the food that had gotten stuck in the student’s throat. Suttles and Huffman have been trained in CPR and downplayed their role in doing what was expected of them as school employees. Suttles, however, called Ms. Lopez, “A little angel” who appeared when she was needed the most. Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “I applaud our staff members and this mom for taking action and responding to the needs of the student involved in this choking incident. While it was no doubt a scary and life-threatening event, the calm heads and willing hearts of these women, and especially Ms. Lopez who stepped in to act, is noteworthy and heroism at its finest. Thanks to Ms. Lopez, this story has a happy ending.”



Photo: Tammy Huffman and Maricela Lopez Solis

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