Moody Middle School teacher Brent O'Dea was awarded a special commendation for helping a student who was choking earlier in the year.
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -
Captain Daniel Rosenbaum and Community Services Firefighter Jon Reinmuth presented Moody Middle School teacher Brent O'Dea with a special commendation from the Division of Fire's Chief, Anthony E. McDowell at an after school faculty meeting Wednesday.
The award was presented to O'Dea for his quick actions during a medical emergency at the school earlier this year.
On February 20, Brent O'Dea was instructing his students in his classroom when he noticed a 13-year-old female student appearing to be in distress at her desk. When he moved closer to the student, he realized that she was choking.
O'Dea attempted to verbally communicate with the student, asked her if she was choking and if he could give her the Heimlich Maneuver.
He performed abdominal thrusts on the student and on the third thrust, the student coughed up a piece of hard candy. The student began breathing normally, and was escorted to the school clinic.
The student's parents were contacted and came to the school to take their daughter home. The student recovered fully, returning to school the next day.
O'Dea credits Moody Middle School's nurse Maria Purcell with her annual pre-school instruction on basic first aid skills to include how to successfully perform the Heimlich Maneuver during a choking incident.