Goddard student and Marine honored after saving choking student

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Dakota Cook is a freshman at Eisenhower High in Goddard. The last thing he expected during lunch on Thursday was to save a friend’s life.

“My fellow classmate was taking a pill at lunch and it got lodged in his throat and as he started reaching for his throat, his mouth started foaming so I jumped up and started doing the Heimlich maneuver on him,” Cook said.

Sgt. Joseph Crouch was at the high school to recruit students to join the Marines. As soon as he saw what was happening, he jumped in to help Cook.

“If he hadn’t started doing his part, things could have changed vastly, because the whole point of the Heimlich maneuver is to dislodge whatever is actually blocking the airway and it doesn’t take long for the brain to shut down when it doesn't have air,” Sgt. Crouch said.

Cook said it’s thanks to the school’s health class that he knew exactly what to do in the situation.

“I guess just take it serious because I mean I didn’t think I’d ever have to use it but it came in handy,” Cook said.

The district honored the two with awards of valor. Only three of these pins have been given in Goddard in the last ten years. In each case, a life was saved.

“It just made me feel so good to know that we had people, one of our own students step up and help him and then we also had adults available to help,” Eisenhower Principal Christie Meyer said.

Meyer student who choked is doing great and was back at school the next day.

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