Special education teacher Kristin Schmitt saved special education teaching assistant Maureen Beadleston's life on May 21.
Beadleston was eating lunch at her desk when a piece of food lodged in her throat. Schmitt was on the other side of the office. She heard coughing and banging on a desk. She ran toward the noise and found Beadleston choking.
After a few thrusts of the Heimlich maneuver, Beadleston started to breathe again, said PEHS registered nurses Rosalie Isherwood and Mary Beth Lindemann.
There was a chance that the nurses would have had to perform CPR on Beadleston if Schmitt had not intervened, Isherwood said. Beadleston, Isherwood and Lindemann praised Schmitt for her calm demeanor and lifesaving action.