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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Bob Struble, right, presnets seventh-grader David Kissane, middle, a plaque at a middle school assembly Friday afternoon. Kissane's quick thinking saved his friend Cole Sittig, left. Kissane used the Heimlich maneuver when Sittig started choking during a school lunch.

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During an otherwise routine school lunch Nov. 11, seventh-grader Cole Sittig started to panic. He reached up to his throat and signaled that he was choking, as his chest tightened and friends tried to help him by hitting his back.

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