10-year-old boy receives award for saving choking classmate

A 10-year-old California boy is being called a hero, and he has a new medal to prove it.

Salem Palmer received the Mayor’s Medal of Appreciation award for helping save the life of a fellow student who was choking on a piece of pizza during lunch.

“I was in the cafeteria and a kid was eating it while he was coming to throw his food away, then he was choking on it, so I went over and did the Heimlich.”

Palmer said he’s always wanted to be a paramedic and learned the life-saving technique during CPR training.¬†

This isn’t the first time he has come to the rescue. Palmer was also recognized this summer by the fire department for helping save his neighbor’s home from a fire.

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