Ansonia aide honored for saving a choking 6-year-old
ANSONIA-It might have been a parent’s worst nightmare if not for the quick actions of Kim Martin, a Prendergast school kindergarten aide.
There in the middle of a popcorn chicken lunch, Martin notice Liam Angeski struggling to speak.
“He was choking,” recalled Martin, a 20-year veteran of the city’s school system. “He was trying to speak but nothing was coming out.
So Martin wrapped her arms around him and squeezed—dislodging the food and possibly saving the six-year old boy’s life.
“I’m not trained in the Heimlich maneuver,” she said. “But my husband is a fireman and I’ve looked through his books.”
Her husband Skip Martin, is a longtime volunteer of the Webster Hose Company. The life-saving act occurred on the couple’s 33rd wedding anniversary.
During their April 5 meeting the city’s Board of Education honored Martin for her actions.
“She was supervising lunch when she saw a student in distress,” Supt. of Schools Carol Merlone told those in attendance. The superintendent said Martin quick actions in Kathleen Weitzler’s kindergarten class dislodged the food.
“She has been a loyal employee for 20 years and we’re lucky to have her,” Merlone said.
Merlone then presented Martin with a floral bouquet and a certificate of appreciation which brought a round of applause.
Meanwhile Prendergast School Principal Liz Nimons commended Martin.
“You are our hero and we are lucky to work with such awesome people,” she said.