Whiteland Community High School student saves choking classmate

Boles used Heimlich to save friend

WHITELAND, Ind. - A sophomore at Whiteland Community High School says she owes her life to a classmate after he noticed she was choking and took charge to save her.

Olivia Rigney was eating lunch and when she laughed at a joke, she started choking on a piece of bread.

"I like started doing the hand motions and I just started thinking like I'm probably going to die. I've heard of people dying from choking and I was just terrified," Rigney said.

Fellow students at the lunch table soon realized the severity of the situation.

"I was freaking out. I was scared, but at the same time you have to keep a level head and try to do something about it," friend Andy Close said.

Two students in the group tried to get the attention of cafeteria staff while Corey Boles remembered a poster on a wall in second grade that illustrated the Heimlich maneuver.

"He came around and he was like stand up and so I stood up and he put his arms around me and put his hands on my stomach and he pushed on my stomach. It only took one time and then I started to breathe again and then he did it again for what was it, good measure," Rigney said.

The group said Boles remained calm and just did what he needed to do.

Since the incident, the group of friends said they are surprised but grateful for all the attention they have been getting around school and around town.

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