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True hero: Third grader saves choking classmate

EDINA, Minn. (KOKH-TV) -- Hero is a heavy label for a third grader, but what else do you call a boy who saves another boy's life? It's very applicable.

The biggest thing on the minds of Zach Furman, Fletcher Dypwick and Aiden Roberts is how to get through two more days of school to get to summer vacation. A couple weeks ago though, there was something much bigger in their lives.

Zach and Fletcher were sitting outside on picnic day when Fletcher suddenly ran into something and couldn't chew.

They're called smiley fries and according to the boys, they're pretty big.

Seeing his friend in danger, Zach sprang into action. While Zach got to work, Aiden ran for help.

"I thought he was throwing up for a second, Zach goes no no he's choking so I ran over and got teachers," Aiden said.

It's strange for a 9 year old to know the Heimlich. Luckily for Zach, his dad taught him just two weeks before.

"I didn't want Zach or his brother to feel powerless if they saw a friend in need," Matt Furman said.

So now, things are back to normal. With summer break on the horizon, the boys now only have one concern: they may not be in the same class in fourth grade.

 
 
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