COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A 10-year-old southwestern Illinois student is being credited with saving the life of a classmate who was choking on a corndog.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Austin Roberts this week was honored during a Collinsville City Council meeting with the city’s Lifesaver Award for his heroics six days earlier.

Officials say the Webster Elementary School student sprung to action April 3, when 11-year-old fourth-grade classmate and friend Jordan Durbin got a bite from a corndog stuck in his throat in the school’s cafeteria.

Austin gave Jordan the Heimlich maneuver three times before dislodging the chunk of food.

Austin says he learned the procedure from reading signs posted near the school’s lunch line about choking and CPR.

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