Boy comes to the res­cue of a girl chok­ing on a kiss

The News-Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Rob Ryser [email protected]­ 203-731-3342

NEW MILFORD — It started as an after-school story in­volv­ing a boy and a girl and a kiss.

Then things got se­ri­ous.

But it’s not what you think.

The kiss was a Her­shey’s Kiss, and the girl was chok­ing on it.

Quick-think­ing Cal­lum Brown, a ju­nior at the Can­ter­bury School, per­formed the Heim­lich ma­neu­ver on his class­mate to dis­lodge the choco­late drop, and save her from the emer­gency.

Ed­u­ca­tors at the pri­vate high school con­firmed the story on Fri­day.

“Cal­lum was on his way to ju­nior var­sity squash prac­tice when he saw the girl was chok­ing,” said Mered­ith Berry-Toon, a Span­ish teacher fa­mil­iar with in­ci­dent. “He was a life­guard at a sum­mer camp where he learned the Heim­lich ma­neu­ver.”

Stu­dents were crowded in the ath­letic cen­ter lobby shortly be­fore 4 p.m. Thurs­day to wit­ness Brown’s life-sav­ing skill.

“They were say­ing ‘Wow, Cal­lum, I didn’t know you could do that,’ ” Berry-Toon said.

The girl, iden­ti­fied only as a fresh­man from New Milford, thanked Brown be­fore the stu­dent body at a school meet­ing on Fri­day.

The Heim­lich ma­neu­ver is an ab­dom­i­nal thrust tech­nique widely used to clear a chok­ing vic­tim’s blocked throat.

But the tech­nique is not al­ways ex­e­cuted as well as Brown did on Thurs­day.

In the sum­mer, for ex­am­ple, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin cracked U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s rib while per­form­ing the Heim­lich ma­neu­ver at a Demo­cratic lun­cheon.

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A stu­dent at the Can­ter­bury School in New Milford saved a class­mate who was chok­ing on a choco­late kiss.

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