Everyday Heroes

Have you ever seen someone choking? It’s really scary! That’s exactly what fourth grader Mariyah thought, when she saw her friend, Ryan, choking at lunch.

Classmates Mariyah and Ryan received Heimlich Heroes™ training at their elementary school. Their school nurse presented the lessons to all of the 4th graders as the school year began. Then, about 8 weeks later, the Heimlich Heroes' office received a call from the nurse. She was in tears. Because that day, Ryan began to choke on a piece of bread during lunch.

Now, because of his training, Ryan knew how to signal that he was choking (he put his hand to his throat). Mariyah saw this and asked if he was choking. When he nodded, she called for help, walked around the table and performed the Heimlich Maneuver® on him. Before any of the teachers could get to him, 9-year old Mariyah saved Ryan’s life! The school nurse called right after this happened and she was filled with emotion. She was so grateful for the opportunity to train her kids. She told us she plans to repeat this training every year with the new class of fourth graders.


Training is Important 

This story and others on this page, reinforce the importance of learning the Heimlich Maneuver. And, how important Heimlich Heroes training can be. Even kids as young as seven can learn how to save a life. This is where our training becomes invaluable.

Since beginning the program in 2013, more than 70,000 people across the country have learned how to respond in a choking emergency. Today, demand for Heimlich Heroes’ training is exploding. We want YOU to be a part of it!

Heimlich Heroes wants to help you inform and equip you and the people in your life with this critical life-saving knowledge. We hope you will take advantage of our unique and practical program. You could save a life!  


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