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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Minn. school janitor, Jukich, lauded for saving choking boy

  • Principal BJ Berg says Jukich kept a calm head and rose to the occasion.
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  • A janitor at an elementary school at Hibbing is being praised for his quick thinking after he used the Heimlich maneuver this week to assist a first-grader who was choking.
    A Hibbing Daily Tribune report (http://bit.ly/YjlKce ) says janitor Jim Jukich saw the student at Washington Elementary School choking on a piece of chicken.
    Jukich tried to get the boy to spit the food out. When the boy couldn't, Jukich began the Heimlich maneuver and told a teacher to call 911. Before she could even get to the phone Jukich had dislodged the obstruction and the boy said, "I'm OK."
    Principal BJ Berg says Jukich kept a calm head and rose to the occasion. He says everyone reacted as they should have.
    Jukich says he's glad everything worked out.

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