Brandon Williams, a 13-year-old boy with autism, saved his classmate's life thanks to the Heimlich maneuver, which he learned from the popular children's show, SpongeBob Squarepants!
Brandon was eating lunch at Barnes Intermediate School on October 28 when he noticed that classmate Jessica was choking on a piece of apple. He then rushed over, wrapped his arms around her and gave her a quick, powerful squeeze that caused the apple piece in the throat to dislodge and hurdle out of her mouth.
Williams' seventh-grade class had a party to celebrate the teenager's brave and heroic act. Some adults and parents at the school said he deserves a medal, to which he replied:
"I don't need a medal. I'm good, I'm good."
When asked what he thought about his son's heroism, Anthony Williams said:
"He picks up on things that most of us would miss, and files it all away in his head, and he can recall it all in an instant."
Brandon Williams is a very brave young man that we can all learn a lesson or two from. Even though he saved his friend's life, he declined a reward because helping her was the right thing to do. The lesson here is, just because you've done the right thing or even if you deserve a reward, you don't need it. But, that's just my opinion.