BETHALTO, Ill. (AP) — A sixth-grader in southwestern Illinois is being hailed as a hero for saving a choking schoolmate.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports that 11-year-old Ross Eldridge of Bethalto was at Trimpe Middle School during a lunch period when one of the students began choking on a taco.

Eldridge instinctively applied the Heimlich maneuver on the boy, dislodging the piece of food and saving him.

Assistant Principal David Weller says it all occurred so quickly it is possible most of the other children didn’t know it happened.

Weller says Eldridge was “very humble” about his actions, but administrators are proud of him.

Eldridge’s mother says her son isn’t sure how he learned the life-saving measure, but he may have picked it up from first-aid training in scouting.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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