Third grader saves fellow student’s life, show “can do” spirit


I want to share a story with you from The Boston Globe that I found quite inspiring. A 9-year-old boy in Natick, Mass., is being hailed as a hero after saving the life of a fellow student who was choking in a school cafeteria.

Third grader Daniel Shupert saw a classmate losing air after a piece of Pirate’s Booty, a rice and corn puff snack, became stuck in his throat. Shupert thought quickly on his feet and began to perform the Heimlich maneuver, which he learned from watching a TV show! Now he will be honored by the fire department for his life-saving actions. (The name of the boy who was choking was not revealed because he is a minor.)

“I had to think positive. I just did it. I just shot up and did it,” Shupert told the Globe.

I think about how often we are bystanders watching things happen in our daily lives or in our country and we just shrug our shoulders. We used to be action-oriented people, but today we’re complainers. You hear all the surveys about how we are negative about our country’s future, our own future and the future of our kids.

So let’s go back to basics: Historically, we didn’t have to be asked to participate, we just did it. Well, we need to start doing that again.

I love the idea of the 9 year old saying, “I just did it.” We need to be about that in our lives. When we see someone in distress, when we see someone being threatened, when we see someone being wronged, we need to stand up.

I think about the time I saved my son’s life 2 years ago when he was choking on an apple. Fortunately, I knew how to do the infant Heimlich maneuver. That apple came out of his mouth and that was one of the most treasured moments of my life.

How about you? In your own life, are you prepared to step forward, maybe with an absolute stranger, and make a difference that could save somebody else’s life? Think about it.

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