Midway teacher recognized after helping fellow teacher who was choking

Posted at 3:03 PM, Sep 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-23 22:59:02-04

WACO, Texas — September 13th started like any other Tuesday at South Bosque Elementary School.

Lindsey Pick and Paula Farmer were having lunch with others in the teachers lounge.

"I never never eat in the teachers lounge," Farmer said. "I am an eat in my classroom and have a little quiet time kind of person. I don't know why I went to the teachers lounge that day."

Now she's thankful she was. Farmer started to choke on her food and Pick was able to step in and help out.

"We were all just kind of looking at each other and when we saw her in distress, we knew and everybody kind of looked at me and I was like I guess here I go," Pick said.

"She acts like it's no big deal, but she was really scared," Farmer added.

Pick was able to save Farmer by performing the Heimlich Maneuver on her, a life-saving measure she wasn't sure she was doing right.

"It was really quite scary actually," Pick said. "I just knew I had to do what had to be done in order for her to be okay, or at least try."

Pick was recognized with the Midway Extra Mile award at this week's Board of Trustees meeting for her actions that day.

"I was honored by it," she said. "I just think I did what anybody would have done if they were in my shoes."

If anyone ever is in that situation, Pick says don't hesitate to jump in and help.