JaNiece Jenkins, a math teacher at East Orange Community Charter School in New Jersey, is being praised for her heroic actions.
The classroom’s surveillance camera captured the moment last Wednesday when Miss Jenkins’ saved a choking student.
A 9-year-old student can be seen seated at his desk, trying to open a water bottle with his mouth. The boy tilted his head back and squeezed the bottle, causing the cap to lodge in his throat.
The student then ran over to his teacher and signaled for her help. Realizing that the student was pointing to his throat, Miss Jenkins used the Heimlich maneuver, which helped get the bottle cap out.
Miss Jenkins is then seen calming the boy down and wiping his face before taking him to the school nurse.
Jenkins has been a teacher for 14 years and has worked at the Charter School for five years. She is also a cheerleading coach at Montclair High School and recently decided to take a refresher course in first aid.
Because of her quick thinking and heroic actions, East Orange Mayor Ted Green and Congressman Donald Payne Jr. announced they will give her an award and a proclamation.