Wisconsin high schooler saves classmate from choking by using Heimlich maneuver

Posted at 8:34 AM, Mar 24, 2017

A Wisconsin high schooler is being hailed as a hero after he saved a choking classmate - and it was all caught on camera.

Ian Brown was eating lunch Wednesday at Central High School in La Crosse when his friend Will Olson began motioning that he was choking.

Brown admits the group at the table thought he was joking, but when Will's face and neck began changing color he realized he had to jump into action.

He gave Will the Heimlich maneuver, and was able to dislodge the food from his throat. Brown is now being praised for his quick thinking and calmness under pressure.

"I said, 'You know, I'd rather have you bruised and banged up than have you dead.' I said that that was my number one thing is that I'm either going to break some ribs or I'm going to hurt you somewhere else but at least you're going to be alive to tell about it," Brown said.

"I feel thankful that I had Ian there. He had the training, no one else did, and I was just really, really lucky he was there at the time," Olson said.

Brown credits the training he received in a youth police training program.