WHITELAND, Ind. (WISH) - It was just another lunch day. Sophomore Olivia Rigney was laughing with friends when a bite of bread lodged in her throat.
"I went to take a breath and I couldn't and I started to panic" said Rigney.
"She started to do the hand gesture so I thought, this is serious" said senior Corey Boles.
Andy Close and Michael Gruby were also at the table.
"I was freaking out so I started yelling at the teacher standing by the cafeteria door. I was yelling 'Hey, she's choking, she needs your help,'" said junior Andy Close.
"I started to run to get someone. But then I realized, someone needs to perform the Heimlich. So I started shouting, 'Does anyone know the heimlich?'" said senior Michael Gruby.
"I thought back and was like actually I think I do" said Boles.
The high school senior got up, moved behind Rigney and grabbed her. Using the steps he remembered from a poster in the second grade, he attempted the heimlich maneuver.
It worked. Rigney coughed up the bread.
"I was so relieved," said Rigney.
"If Corey wasn't there, I don't know what would have happened," said Close.
"It was pretty amazing that something like that could happen and saved her. It was pretty hectic," said Gruby.
Boles isn't quite sure how he remembered that heimlich poster from second grade. His new friend doesn't care. She's just glad he did.
"He's a great friend. I'm so thankful," said Rigney.
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