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Custodian Saves 1st Grader From Choking

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OMAHA (KPTM)- Heroes can come from all places, even from where you might not expect.

"I didn't thing anything of it, I didn't think it would be such a big thing," said Orlando Stubblefield.

Stubblefield has been working as a custodian at Sunset Hills Elementary School for three years but has been working for Westside schools for 14 years.

Last Monday, Stubblefield did something he'd never done before, save a first-grader from choking.

"I was cleaning the floor and some of the first grade kids told me a child was choking," said Stubblefield.

At the time, 7-year-old Addy Hagger was choking on a piece of salami.

"I was eating a piece of salami and I accidentally swallowed a piece that was this big," said Addy.

"I looked over she had tears coming down her face. So I asked her if she was alright-and she couldn't speak," said Stubblefield.

Stubblefield rushed over and performed the Heimlich maneuver on Addy.

"Orlando came and helped me," said Addy.

After Addy coughed up her food, she gave Stubblefield a sign she was okay.

"Asked her if she was alright she gave me a thumbs up," said Stubblefield, with a smile.

He got more than just a ‘thumbs up,' but a standing ovation Tuesday night.

Stubblefield was recognized by the Westside School District for saving Addy.

"I didn't think nothing of it. I didn't think it would be such a big thing," said Stubblefield.

Addy said after all this, lunch is still one of her favorite things about school.

"It's a good thing my Momma gave me turkey this time."

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