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Janitor at Sandy's Silver Mesa Elementary School saves girl choking on a tater tot

Posted at 2:14 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 16:25:22-05

SANDY, Utah — A local school janitor is being called a hero after saving a child's life.

Doug Christensen was sweeping the cafeteria at Silver Mesa Elementary School in Sandy when a girl approached him saying her friend was choking.

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Christensen immediately sprung into action, performing the Heimlich Maneuver on the choking girl.

He was able to quickly eject a tater tot from the girl's throat.

While many are calling him a hero, Christensen says he was just doing his job.

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“I’m just doing what I normally do,” Christensen said. “I’d do it for anybody, so it's just a normal routine.”

Christensen says he is a former EMT and has been in this situation many times before.