Heimlich would have been proud

A UISD special report of a quick thinking student:

Photo courtesy of UISD

Young Boy Saves Best Friend Using Heimlich Maneuver

It was just a typical Friday 5th grade lunch period at Killam Elementary School. However, at approximately 11:58 a.m. today, 5th grade student, Victor Valdes, began choking on a piece of food. His friend and fellow classmate, Rafael Robles, noticed Victor was in danger. Observing that the closest Lunch Proctor was tending to other students in the cafeteria, Rafael sprung into action and immediately began to administer the Heimlich Maneuver.

Luckily the food was dislodged from his throat and Victor was rushed to the Nurse’s Office where he regained his composure. Thanks to Rafael’s quick thinking, his heroic actions saved his classmate’s life.

When asked where he learned the Heimlich Maneuver, Rafael stated that he had read it on the wall at a local restaurant and that “this was the first time he had ever performed it.”

Killam Elementary School Principal Linda Vera, as well as the faculty and staff, were very proud of Rafael’s courageous action.

“He saved a life and that is monumental,” Principal Vera said.

Victor’s mother, Araceli Valdes, came by the school to personally thank Rafael for saving her son.

“I am deeply and eternally grateful to Rafael Robles and his parents. The Lord placed this angel by my son’s side just when we needed him,” she said. “I am a 9-1-1 Dispatcher by trade. These are the kind of calls that I fear most… one coming from a member of my own family.” Mrs. Valdes continued.

Principal Vera commended Rafael and contacted his mother. She congratulated Rafael’s mother for her son’s valiant act.

“She should be proud of her smart-minded, quick acting son, who is indeed, a hero among us,” Principal Vera added.

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11 Responses to Heimlich would have been proud

  1. Mrs.Erika Winterroth Bojanski says:

    I am a Nurse assistant at Killam Elementary and I for one am extremely Proud of Rafael Robles for reacting as quick as he did. To be as young as him and just know that this technique had to be used and not panic, that is
    A true Hero! This young man was truly on top of his game and saved his friend’s life! We hope all our students use Rafael Robles as a life’s example that we can all help in any Emergency situation!

  2. MaryHelen says:

    Great story!! 🙂

    Need more of these out there!

  3. ___fat willie says:

    ___both students need a little nutrition counseling, gotta lose a few pounds, try chewing your food and eatng slower

  4. V.E.G. says:

    There is a person who gave his life and the much bigger hero than the Heimlich Maneuver performer: Colonel Alan D. Wheeler. Wheeler died of a heart attack, a hero.

  5. V.E.G. says:

    There is much hero than the Heimlich maneuver performer: Griffin Walter Holtzclaw. Holtzclaw gave his life saving the young girls but God took Holtzclaw.

  6. V.E.G. says:

    “Situations make heroes. No one is born a hero. No one can create one. A hero can be the guy next door who pulls his neighbor out of a burning building before the fire department gets there”-Thomas Driggers, a descendant of an African man, Emmanuel Rodriguez.

  7. V.E.G. says:

    Charles Hatfield Schulze died a hero. He was the grandson of a judge.

  8. V.E.G. says:

    This is just in: David Kephart Molter, gave CPR to his wife but he died very unexpectedly. It was bittersweet. His wife passed away as well. They are together forever, and God took them both.

  9. V.E.G. says:

    Walter Scott “Buzz” Terhune IV, the distant cousin of actor Max Terhune, author Albert Payson Terhune, and preacher, Edward Payson Terhune, gave his life saving many children. Well done, Buzz. God took him.

  10. V.E.G. says:

    Treven Taylor Anspach gave his life saving a woman in Oregon, but God took him.

  11. V.E.G. says:

    This is just in, Owen John Fletcher Jenkins did save two girls but God took him. Well done, Owen. Rest in peace. His remains were cremated per family’s wishes. God is going to reward Owen with a mansion in His Kingdom.

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