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School bus driver’s quick thinking helps save boy choking on penny: ‘Help me save this baby’

A Dallas school bus driver who jumped into action to save a child choking on a penny is being heralded as a hero for her quick thinking. 

“I feel like God placed me there for a reason. If I wasn’t there I don’t know what the other driver may have done, I mean I don’t know. I was nervous at the time, I was, I just couldn’t panic. All I said was God help me. Help me save this baby. That’s all I knew,” Dallas Independent School District bus driver Raquel Radford Baker told Fox 4.

Video footage captured Baker quickly rescuing a 7-year-old boy who was choking on the morning of Sept. 29 outside Seagoville North Elementary by performing the Heimlich maneuver, the outlet reported. Baker wasn’t even supposed to be working that day, and was filling in for a coworker, the outlet reported. 

“There’s a penny in my throat,” a 7-year-old boy is heard saying as he walks towards the doors of the bus to exit. 

Baker said she has a child who is a similar age and that the incident hit “really close to home to me.”

The district threw a celebration honoring Baker as a hero on Friday, including by gifting her a cape.


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