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Fawn Hollow Paraprofessional Saves Student from Choking

Colleen Porricelli was honored as an Exemplary Person during the Board of Education meeting on Monday night.

When a child began started choking on a piece of hot dog in the Fawn Hollow Elementary School cafeteria, Paraprofessional Colleen Porricelli performed the Heimlich Maneuverand on a young boy, saving the student's life. On Monday night, Porricelli was recognized as an Exemplary Person for her quick actions.

"I'm so pleased to have Colleen on staff," Fawn Hollow Principal Rebecca Kosisko told the board, adding that paraprofessionals are responsible for the safety of 527 students when they eat lunch and play at recess.

Joseph January 08, 2013 at 07:34 PM
My wife performed the Heimlich Maneuver on the young boy. We are very proud of her!
Bob Zyskowski January 08, 2013 at 08:40 PM
This is certainly something to be proud of! Your wife reacted quickly to a child in distress. I am the parent of a 3rd grader at Fawn Hollow and am appreciative that your wife works there. So the story posted by The Patch stating that CPR was performed is inaccurate?
Patty January 09, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Great job! My daughter will be starting kindergarten there in the fall. Good to know such great staff work there.
Jacob's Mama January 09, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Joseph that is awesome! You should get her some flowers ;) LOLOLOL
Bill Bittar January 10, 2013 at 04:32 AM
I heard them say "CPR" at the board meeting, but someone later told me it was the Heimlich Maneuver. The story has been edited to reflect that.

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