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Cumberland Co. First-Grader Uses Heimlich on Choking Cousin

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Nicholas Teter, 5, (left) performed the Heimlich maneuver on his cousin Amber Strupp,
FAYETTEVILLE — A Cumberland County 5-year-old is being hailed as a hero for helping out his cousin who was choking. Nicholas Teter performed the Heimlich maneuver on his cousin after she swallowed a lollipop while the two were riding a school bus. He says he was just doing what he saw on television.

Amber Strupp, 7, sits next to the little boy who saved her from choking. She found out the hard way that eating a sucker on a school bus was a bad idea.

Nicholas says he thought she was goofing around at first.

Nicholas then performed the Heimlich maneuver on Amber. He says he knew about it because he had seen a character use it on a friend on the cable network channel Nickelodeon. Bill Teter, Nicholas' father, says he was surprised that his son knew the life-saving maneuver.

Nicholas says there's a new rule on the school bus now.

Amber says she's learned something from this experience.

Nicholas' school is nominating him for a county-wide good character award.


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