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East Texas school resource officer, teachers save child from choking

UPSHUR COUNTY, Texas (KETK) - An East Texas school resource officer and three teachers are being hailed as a hero after they saved a child from choking at New Diana Elementary School.

On Tuesday, May 1, Upshur County Sheriff's Office Deputy Clay Robertson was working as the SRO for New Diana Elementary School.

Around 11:00 a.m., students were eating in the lunch room and a teacher who was monitoring the children noticed a 4-year-old pre-k student having trouble breathing.

The child was able to indicate to the teacher she could not breathe due to something lodged in her throat. The teacher began to preforming the Heimlich maneuver in an attempt to dislodge the object.

At this point, another teacher tried to assist, but their attempts at removing the object were unsuccessful.

One of the teachers picked up the student and started running toward the nurse’s office. The teacher and child passed Deputy Robertson and he followed them to the nurse’s office.

When they arrived Deputy Robertson successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver while another teacher did a finger sweep clearing the child’s mouth of the object.

The child was able to start breathing again with no other medical treatment needed.

On Tuesday, Deputy Robertson was recognized at Commissioners Court for his actions and awarded the Life Saving Award.

On May 16, 2018, the teachers were also recognized for their actions that day and awarded the Sheriff's Star Award.

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