Benjamin Ford, a fifth grader at Greenwood Elementary school, is being hailed as a hero after saving his classmate from choking to death during lunch Monday.
Apparently, Ford noticed his classmate choking and turning blue while gasping for breath, so he instinctively approached her and do what he learned from a documentary he watched years ago with her mother.
“I wasn`t really calm, my heart was racing I just knew I had to help her,” Benjamin admitted.
The young man may have been anxious, but he was able to get the job done and save a life.
“I felt like I had to hurry up and get to her,” Benjamin said. “…I thought in a couple more seconds she might not make it.”
Benjamin’s heroic deed was not left unnoticed as he was recognized by the school administrators and received high praises from his parents.
His mother was proud that he acted quickly and even surprised that he remembered the information on the documentary.
“We figured he was playing a video game or what have you… but he said ‘no’ and I was like ‘really? Whose life did you save?’ and he’s told us the story and we were like really proud of him. Then we found out it was a real person we were shocked… that was awesome,” Benjamin’s mother said.
As a reward, his parents picked him up at school the next day and bought him a video game that he liked, and they also went to see “Black Panther” movie.
Benjamin also shared that he received a big thank you and a hug from the friend he saved. As for the rest of the student community?
“I got a lot of claps and I had a lot of fist bumps and they were really supportive when I walked down the hall,” the young hero said.