A 14-year-old is being hailed as hero after he saved his friend's life during lunch. Braiton Mendoza says his friend started choking on part of his sandwich Monday at Harmony Science Academy in Bryan. The quick-thinking youngster performed the Heimlich maneuver.
"All you could hear was a screech in his throat," said Mendoza. "You could actually see him struggling to get it down."
"I didn't even think about it, said Mendoza. "I just did the Heimlich maneuver. That was pretty scary for me, " said Mendoza.
Now, his friend can breathe easy and expressed his gratitude.
Braiton's skill was no accident, he is CPR certified. Braiton says he was also introduced to performing CPR during his training as a boy scout.
"I thought it was a really great thing to have but I never thought I'd be able to use it," said Mendoza.
Braiton's mother and stepfather are both paramedics. His mother is excited her son could follow her in their life saving footsteps.
"It blows me away," said Nicole Braly.
She encouraged her children to take a course this summer.
"I think anybody from young to old should have the certification," said Braly.
She say she's amazed Braiton had the courage to do what was needed.
"People have the knowledge and they just don't get up and react, said Braly.
Meantime, the paramedic who taught him the technique says she even feels like a proud mother.
"It was very much an affirmation for what we do, and how important it is for us to continue our public education," said Jana Wilkins.
Now the Robertson County E-M-S station is considering more programs geared towards teens.
"He was kind of a test run and obviously it paid off and we are happy about it," said Wilkins.