Austin Roberts to receive Lifesaver Award

4:03 PM, May 3, 2012   |    comments
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By Talia Kaplan

Collinsville, IL (KSDK) - We love stories about heroes, especially heroes who are only 10-years-old.

Not long ago we told you about fourth graders who are best friends, and even more so now.

Austin Roberts, 10, saved his best friend, 11-year-old Jordan Durbin while he was choking on a corn dog and now he is getting an American Red Cross Lifesaver Award for it.

The two attend Webster Elementary school in Collinsville. They are inseparable and eat lunch together every day. A couple of months ago Austin noticed something was wrong with Jordan.

At first Austin thought Jordan was joking but then he noticed his face was turning bright red and he started pounding on the table. Austin realized his best friend was choking so he sprung into action. He performed the Heimlich maneuver three times and finally the corn dog came out.

It turns out Austin knew what to do because of a Red Cross poster and long lunch lines.

Austin will receive the "Good Samaritan Youth" award Friday morning at the American Red Cross Lifesaver Awards breakfast which honors community heroes.

Of course, Jordan is expected to be there right by his side.



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