Man who has worked for the Kennewick School District for over 20 - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Man who has worked for the Kennewick School District for over 20 years saves student choking

Posted: Updated:

KENNEWICK, WA- Kennewick School District took to their Facebook page after one of their employees performed a heroic act.

They said they're feeling thankful for the quick thinking and action taken by one of our staff members this week.

According to their post, Arlie Gridley, who works in security at Horse Heaven Hills Middle School, was walking around the lunchroom observing students on Wednesday when he noticed a group of boys waving him over. As he got closer, he overheard a student say his friend couldn’t breathe. It was then that he noticed the student's face had turned a bright red.

Mr. Gridley quickly knelt by the boy to assess him and then tried patting him briskly on the back to knock whatever was in his windpipe loose.

When that didn’t change anything, Mr. Gridley sat behind the student and performed the Heimlich maneuver, which dislodged a piece of lettuce caught in the student’s throat.

The entire incident lasted a little more than a minute. Mr. Gridley escorted the student to the nurse, where he was checked out.

“At recess he searched me out and thanked me for helping out and ran off to play,” Mr. Gridley says.

Mr. Gridley has worked for the district for more than 20 years and been at Horse Heaven Hills since 2014. He credited his past military and law enforcement training for his fast and calm response. It's just another part of a job that empowers him to help and protect students.

“That’s what I’m here for,” he says.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Tri-CitiesTri-Cities NewsMore>>

  • SWX High School Football - Game of the Week Scores 10-19-18

    Saturday, October 20 2018 1:32 AM EDT2018-10-20 05:32:10 GMT

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 10-19-18

    More >>

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 10-19-18

    More >>
  • July 4th shooting suspect arrested

    July 4th shooting suspect arrested

    Friday, October 19 2018 8:48 PM EDT2018-10-20 00:48:34 GMT
    RICHLAND, WA - The suspect in the 4th of July shooting at Howard Amon Park in Richland is now in jail. Right now, Kenyatta Turner is charged with first degree assault. Police say just before 8 that night, two groups of people got into some type of confrontation and someone fired off a gun, hitting 24-year-old Sergio Rivera of Pasco. Police arrested two other people in connection to the shooting.More >>
    RICHLAND, WA - The suspect in the 4th of July shooting at Howard Amon Park in Richland is now in jail. Right now, Kenyatta Turner is charged with first degree assault. Police say just before 8 that night, two groups of people got into some type of confrontation and someone fired off a gun, hitting 24-year-old Sergio Rivera of Pasco. Police arrested two other people in connection to the shooting.More >>
  • Protecting your digital footprint

    Protecting your digital footprint

    Thursday, October 18 2018 9:22 PM EDT2018-10-19 01:22:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON= October is named National Cyber Security Awareness Month by the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security

    More >>

    WASHINGTON= October is named National Cyber Security Awareness Month by the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security

    More >>