SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A school lunchroom employee in the Salt Lake City suburb of South Jordan is being credited for saving the life of a student who had an orange slice stuck in her throat.

Anne Carpenter was watching a group of third-graders eat lunch Wednesday at Monte Vista Elementary when 8-year-old Ashley Dwyer approached with her arms around her neck.

The girl was choking on the orange slice, but the lunchroom clerk quickly dislodged it by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

Ashley’s parents, Marianne and Daryl Dwyer, say Carpenter’s quick response saved her life and they’re grateful she was familiar with the maneuver.

Carpenter says basic first aid training and having two boys in Boy Scouts prepared her. She says the Heimlich maneuver just involves placing hands under the rib cage and pressing.

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