December 3, 2013

Maine teacher lauded for saving sixth-grader’s life

Teacher Alice Deegan performed the Heimlich maneuver when a bottle cap got stuck in the student’s throat.

The Associated Press

OXFORD — A Paris Elementary School teacher is being credited with saving the life of a student.

Superintendent Rick Colpitts told the Board of Directors at Monday’s meeting that teacher Alice Deegan performed the Heimlich maneuver on the sixth-grader after a water bottle cap got stuck in the student’s throat.

The Sun Journal reports that Colpitts said Deegan immediately recognized the look of panic in the boy’s face, assessed the situation and dislodged the cap in the cafeteria just before the Thanksgiving break.

Principal Jane Fahey says once the cap was dislodged and it was determined the boy was all right there was a huge roar from the children and a standing ovation for their teacher.

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