9-year-old Zach Furman is being hailed a hero after he saved the life of one of his classmates at Concord Elementary School. On May 22nd, third graders at Concord got to enjoy an annual Picnic Day where they ate their lunch outside. It was then that 9-year-old Fletcher Dypwick began choking on a piece of food.
“I just couldn't breath or anything,” Fletcher said. Roberts ran to alert teachers of what was happening while Furman stepped in and began administering the Heimlich.
“I went behind him and started doing the Heimlich…It's where you put your hands together and you pull up on your stomach, “Furman said. After a few thrusts the French fry came free and Dypwick was able to breath again. Furman knew the maneuver thanks to his dad who had taught him two weeks before the picnic how it was done.
Now being hailed the “Heimlich Hero,” Furman says he was just looking out for Dypwick. “I want to be a good friend, and I want to help Fletcher,” Furman said. As for Furman’s dad, he said, “I am super proud and, of course, I am grateful that he was in the right place at the right time.”