Teacher's aide saves boy from choking

March 13, 2008 8:57:30 PM PDT
There are moments that forge a bond forever. Kathleen Kresge and 9-year-old Ryan Manahan shared one on Thursday.

"He was trembling and I knew he couldn't breath," said Kresge about that moment.

It was lunchtime at Beeler Elementary. Ryan was eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich when a piece lodged in his throat.

He couldn't breath.

"First thing I did is stick my finger in my mouth. It wouldn't come out," he said.

In a panic, he ran to Miss Kresge.

Right away, she knew something was wrong.

"I saw him coming up and his face was really red. Tears were coming down," said Kresge.

She turned him around and quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver. The lodged piece of sandwich popped out, and Ryan could breath again.

"It's just awesome. We're very thankful for her and our whole family," said his mom, Diane Manahan.

Kresge has been a teacher's aide at Beeler for 26 years.

She's never had to save child's life until today.

It's a moment she and Ryan say they'll never forget.