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Custodian acts quickly when student chokes

Steve O’Connor performed Heimlich maneuver on Roessleville first-grader

Roessleville Elementary School Custodians Steve O'Connor (left) and Doug Hutton both saved someone's life thanks to basic emergency training.

Roessleville Elementary School Custodians Steve O'Connor (left) and Doug Hutton both saved someone's life thanks to basic emergency training. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— “She had no idea what had happened, she said she was good the next day. I said, ‘You really scared me yesterday,’ but she’s all good,” O’Connor said. “It was a very scary situation. I was shaking like a leaf for probably two hours after that.”

DeVaney, who has worked as the elementary school’s nurse for 10 years, said she’s only seen one other incident at the school in which the Heimlich needed to be performed on a student. That student was also eating nachos.

Removing nachos from the school’s food options is “something to certainly take a look at,” South Colonie Central School District Superintendent Jonathan Buhner said.

“We’re always careful with kids and food. Unfortunately, sometimes little ones are talking while they’re eating and bad things can happen. I’m not sure if it’s specifically nachos versus just making sure kids are careful when they’re eating their food,” Buhner said. “Our food service people are careful about what’s served and that it meets certain regulations.”

While changing the food menu may be considered, Buhner said he’s just glad the student was OK.

“We’re obviously thrilled the little girl was okay. And (we) thank Mr. O’Connor for really stepping up and taking action at that time,” Buhner said. “We don’t want any kid in that situation, but we’re glad she’s OK.”

O’Connor has not been the only custodian to save a life at Roessleville Elementary. In 2001, Custodian Doug Hutton was working the night shift when he heard people screaming for help in the school gymnasium. A 72-year-old man had been playing basketball in the night men’s league when he had a heart attack and had completely flat lined. While others called for an ambulance, Hutton heard someone ask for an AED machine and he ran to get one from the hallway.

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