Child performed Heimlich maneuver on best friend; Mayor presents proclamation in observance of “National Heimlich Maneuver Day”

EAST ORANGE, NJ – Mayor Ted R. Green today presented 9-year old, Kori Scott, with a proclamation for saving her best friend’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver near their school cafeteria. Mayor Green also proclaimed Kori Scott “Mayor for the Day” on Friday, June 1, 2018, in honor of National Heimlich Maneuver Day and in celebration of the city’s brave community hero.

“I am honored to stand here today and recognize Kori as one of East Orange’s own hometown heroes,” said Mayor Green. “Kori’s brave actions have already made an incredible impact on our city. Kori learned the Heimlich maneuver from her parents. Her smart instincts and quick actions are characteristics of a true hero, and it fills me with pride to have her here today as a representative of our city and community.”

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Earlier this month, Kori’s best friend and classmate at Bowser Elementary School began choking on a piece of food. Remembering the technique that she learned from her parents, Kori quickly began to perform three to four thrusts to her classmate’s chest until the food expelled. 

“I’m proud because of the quick thinking; she snapped right into it,” said Kiana Scott, Kori’s mother. “I am overjoyed. Words cannot express how happy and proud I am.”

Created by Dr. Henry J. Heimlich in 1974, the life-saving procedure is observed on thee first of June each year. According to the American Red Cross, choking causes over 3,000 deaths per year. Proper training and knowledge of the Heimlich maneuver may help to save a person’s life.