INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey police department honored an 8-year-old boy Thursday who saved his little brother’s life when he started choking on a quarter.
As CBS2’s Jessica Moore reported, the boy’s parents taught him a life-saving skill they had hoped he would never have to use.
Twenty-two-month-old Grainger Blake never takes his eyes off big brother, Sterling. But on August 2, it was Sterling whose focused attention saved the day.
“He probably grabbed the quarter and he ate it, or he tried to, but he choked on it. Once he was choking, I didn’t think about anything. It was just my reaction,” the 8-year-old told Moore.
Just two days earlier, Sterling’s dad had taught him how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a baby.
“He told me on babies, hit them on the back. On grownups, hit them right here,” Sterling said. “I thought he was choking, so I whacked him …