Anyone Can be a Heimlich Hero

The Heimlich Maneuver Saves Lives…

 “I feel like I can save somebody’s life and know what to do if someone is choking. Thank you for helping me!”

 “The best part was when we actually got to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on Heidi. I thought that was fun and gave us a great hands-on experience.”

“Learning so much in such a small amount of time stood out to me. We learned how to save a life in an hour!”

- Students, after completing the Heimlich Heroes program.


…And YOU Can Learn How

Although interactive and fun, completing the Heimlich Heroes program has a very serious side. When someone is choking to death, knowing the Heimlich Maneuver—and having the confidence to do it—can be life-changing.

It happened so fast

Mason, OH mom Anne Jutt was having lunch with three of her family’s six young children. When six-year-old Will choked on a cherry tomato, Ms. Jutt sprang into action. She performed the Heimlich Maneuver on him three times, and the tomato shot out of his mouth, saving his life. Mother and child realized the gravity of the situation…read more.

I’m just happy that I was there

As Greenhaven Elementary, (Hibbing, MN) Janitor Greg Timmerman was monitoring the cafeteria, he noticed something was wrong. He spotted a first grader who appeared to be having some difficulty breathing. She tried to speak but couldn’t. He then proceeded to apply the Heimlich maneuver… 

 Troy explained, “you need to react first. You can’t just freeze. If someone is really hurt, you need to react fast.


And not long ago... 

12-year-old Colten Cranford emerged from the cafeteria at Ripon’s Park View Elementary looking to catch up with his buddies, who already had finished lunch and were headed toward the playground. He took a bite of his sandwich as he walked, and a piece of it got stuck in his throat. Suddenly, Colten couldn’t breathe, which means he also couldn’t talk. He tried to run to where more people were, but that wasn’t working very well, either. Schoolmates Troy Brogan and Seth Beeler came out of the restroom and saw him in distress.


We’re ALL the “Hero” Type

Choking is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Over the years, the Heimlich Maneuver has saved an estimated 50,000 U.S. lives, and thousands more worldwide. Although most of us don’t think of ourselves as heroic, ANYONE can be a Heimlich Hero. The testimonials and stories above are just a few among hundreds. Read more inspiring stories on our Heimlich Heroes Facebook page.  Want to learn more?