About Us

Dr. Henry Heimlich’s Legacy

With offices located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Heimlich Heroes was developed through a cooperative effort of Deaconess Associations, Inc. and the Heimlich Institute. Supported by the Deaconess Foundation, Heimlich Heroes staff was able to work alongside Dr. Heimlich throughout the creative process. This legacy program continues to teach what he is perhaps best known for—the Heimlich Maneuver®. 

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Our Mission

Prepare people of all ages to recognize and respond to a choking emergency with the Heimlich Maneuver®.

Powerful, Interactive Learning

Heimlich Heroes is a practical, educational program designed for kids ages seven and older. We use an interactive approach to learning. Our video training is accompanied by age-appropriate note-taking tools. And participants of all ages LOVE the hands-on practice with our specially designed training dolls. 

After this training, participants will:

Recognize the signs of choking
Know how to prevent or minimize the risk of choking
Understand how and when to respond with the Heimlich Maneuver


This approach is fun for kids, enables them to gain confidence, and reinforces our training to last a lifetime. Students and adults alike are engaged and energized as they learn this simple life-saving technique. And, once trained, people react confidently during an emergency situation.


Leading the Charge

"I believe my love for education and heart for service are a perfect match to lead the program into nationwide expansion."
— Terri Huntington, Program Manager, Deaconess Heimlich Heroes (DHH) 

Terri graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor of science, education. A public and private school teacher for many years, she became a senior level director at Education Solutions, LLC (dba Sylvan Learning Centers). Terri first learned about the Heimlich Maneuver while in high school, later saving two school children from choking.

With DHH since 2013, Terri has led the program in developing and expanding course content, coordinating training events and forming strategic partnerships. She’s passionate about making the program available to all people.


Imagine if every school across the United States and beyond conducted yearly training with the same grade.

We all know how important this training is. In just a few short years, Heimlich Heroes has trained over 100,000 kids and adults to properly perform the Heimlich Maneuver, with sustainable results:

Training empowers kids and adults with life-saving information.
Training demand has increased from 1,000 kids in 2013 to nearly 50,000 in 2017.
Lives are being saved using the Heimlich Maneuver.


Our goal is to make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn, so anyone can save a life and prevent a choking death.

That’s where YOU come in. Imagine, if everyone who reads this sentence donates just $10/month. On your end, that’s just two medium skinny vanilla lattes (each month). But on our end, your $10 provides the Basic Kit (student materials and leader packet with DVD) to a classroom of 30 – at no cost to them.

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  • 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 901
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • (513) 559-2468
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