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Young hero with autism saves choking classmate

November 06, 2015

Thirteen-year-old Brandon Williams, a student at Barnes Intermediate School in Staten Island, New York, is being hailed as a hero after he performed the Heimlich maneuver on a classmate who was choking in the school's cafeteria, Staten Island Live reported.

Jessica Pellegrino was choking on an apple when Williams jumped up, wrapped his arms around her mid-section, and gave a sharp thrust to her diaphragm, dislodging the apple piece.

His teacher, Pat DeMarco, asked Williams where he learned how to perform the maneuver. "Learned it on Sponge Bob," Brandon answered instantly.

Jessica had a broad smile and a big hug for her classmate who saved her. "Thank you," she said.

Some of the adults in his school commented that Brandon is a hero, and deserves a medal. "I don't need a medal. I'm good; I'm good," he replied.