Scott Co. principal saves young student's life from choking

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A principal's quick thinking saved a student's life Thursday at a Scott County elementary school.

A second-grader choked badly on her breakfast, but thankfully, the little girl is O.K. after faculty ran to help, eventually saving her life.

Ed Denney, principal of Eastern Elementary School, says teachers had tried the Heimlich Maneuver on the girl twice, unsuccessfully, before he got to the cafeteria.

And even Denney's first try did not dislodge what the little girl was choking on.

"I pretty much knew I probably had one more chance," he said. "She was taking in just a little bit of air. You could hear it. I knew I had to make that next one count. And thankfully it did."

Principal Denney said the look in the young girl's eyes after she had some time to recover - a look of utter gratitude - is something he cannot get out of his head.

But he insists he is not a hero.

He was just doing his job, he said.

"We help our kids here," Denney said. "And I helped that little girl in obviously the way she needed it most at that particular time."

Denney said he believes everyone should be trained in first aid, and this is the perfect reason why.

"Seconds save lives," he said. "I have to say that that's what happened here today. That little girl really needed help."

And thanks to her 'guardian administrator,' she got it.

Kentucky Administrative Regulations require at least one adult certified in first aid and C.P.R. to be at the school when kids are there during school hours.

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