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Maine School Bus Driver Saves Little Boy's Life
05/02/2013 10:20 AM ET  

Nathan Philbrick, 47, is being credited with saving the life of a choking boy on his bus earlier this week.

SIDNEY, Maine (AP) _ Maine school bus driver Nathan Philbrick had gone to first-aid training several times in his 14 years on the job, but when it finally came to using it, he didn't think, he went into ``autopilot.''

The 47-year-old Philbrick is being credited with saving the life of a choking boy on his bus earlier this week.

The Morning Sentinel reports that Philbrick was driving Tuesday morning in Sidney when he noticed a frantic fifth-grade girl in his rear-view mirror. She pointed to a little boy across the aisle from her, crying, but not making a sound.

Philbrick stopped, administered the Heimlich maneuver on the boy he thinks is in first-grade, dislodging a piece of candy from his throat.

Philbrick and the girl will be honored by the school district next week.


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