By Naomi Hatch
Two boys were honored for their heroism at the Feb. 26 meeting of the Snowflake Town Council.
Tyler and Kylin Claridge were home eating lunch when Kylin got a piece of hot dog lodged in his throat. Kylin held his throat so his older brother would realize he couldn’t breathe.
Immediately, Tyler performed two short thrusts and with the second thrust, Kylin was able to clear his airway.
When their father, Kevin Claridge, asked Tyler where he learned the technique, he replied that he was taught by members of the Snowflake Fire Department while on a Scout outing where they learned first aid and CPR.
Then, just a couple of weeks ago, Kylin had a chance to pay it forward, He and Allie, his sister, were hitting golf balls. Allie had a piece of hard candy in her mouth and as she hit the golf ball, the candy became lodged in her throat. She held her throat, letting her brother know she couldn’t breathe. Kylin performed the thrusts that he had learned at school when the firemen taught the Heimlich maneuver and also remembered what his brother had done for him. Then he saw the candy fly out of her mouth and she was all right.
At that time, their father felt he should write a letter to thank Fire Chief Hancock and the firefighters for taking the time to help the scouting program and school children learn these life-saving techniques.
Chief Hancock recounted the Claridges’ stories to the council, then presented Allie with a Certificate of Life Award that stated she was given the Heimlich maneuver by her brother.
Heroes Tyler and Kylin were each given the Life Safety Certificate, evidence that they used lifesaving skills to save their siblings’ lives.
“I felt it was important to let the chief know that the training these first responders are giving our children at school, Scouts and the community is paying off,” said Kevin Claridge. “As a father, it meant something more to me.”
Chief Hancock noted that the boys are heroes, and he was grateful to be the one who had the privilege of teaching them through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Scouts and Young Women before they attended camp.
By Naomi Hatch