Parents of eight-year-old Sterling Blake taught their son a life-saving skill they hoped he’d never have to use, but it saved his 22-month-old brother’s life two days later. Big brother Sterling saw baby Grainger choking on a quarter and he knew exactly how to do the Heimlich maneuver, thanks to his dad.
“He told me on babies, hit them on the back. On grownups, hit them right here,” Sterling explains. “I thought he was choking, so I whacked him on the back.”
And that saved the toddler’s life. Now the Independence Township, New Jersey Police department is honoring the eight-year-old for his heroic actions. And Sterling’s mom, Essence, says this is proof we should all be teaching our kids life-saving skills.
“It’s a huge lesson to parents to tell and teach your children how to do it,” Essence says. “Even if you think they’re not listening, they are.”