'You are our hero.' Mom thanks teacher who saved the life of choking third-grade girl

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 19:34:48-04

NEW BOSTON, Mich. (WXYZ) — A heroic teacher with more than three decades of teaching experience at a small school in New Boston is being credited with saving the life of a student.

Nichole Otter tells us her daughter was at lunch on Wednesday when she began to choke on her sandwich. That's when Mrs. Farber from St. John's Waltz stepped in.

Farber has been teaching at the school for 35 years, and was watching over the class. She quickly approached the girl and began to administer the Heimlich maneuver.

At first, Otter said, she had to pause and call for backup. That's when she went back to work to help dislodge the sandwich the girl was choking on.

Before help arrived, Otter said Mrs. Farber was able to get the food out of the girl's throat, and no fire or EMS had to be called.

"Mrs. Farber, for 10 years I have been astounded by the job you do teaching and educating even the toughest child with ease," Otter wrote in a letter. "You have taught all 4 of my children and we could not ask for a more perfect teacher. You, however, are more than my child's teacher, you are our hero."