Oklahoma Teacher’s Aide Is a ‘Hero’ After Saving Boy’s Life on Bus

May 30, 2019 Updated: July 17, 2019

An Oklahoma teacher’s aide was called a hero for saving a 5-year-old boy who was choking on a coin while he was on the bus.

Teacher’s assistant Ginger Maxville, from Mannford Public Schools, told KTUL that she was driving a school bus when she saw the boy stand up.

“I thought he was teasing me and just not following my instructions and not sitting down,” Maxville said.

The sister of the boy said the child had swallowed a coin.

“So I made sure the bus was secure, went back and grabbed the student. He was just red and gasping for air,” she added.

As a result, Maxville grabbed the boy and performed the Heimlich maneuver before a penny came up.

“I feel like I don’t deserve a lot of credit. It was just God working through me. But I am just glad we got it done,” Maxville added.

The incident was captured on the bus security camera. “Did he swallow it? Come here. It is OK. You’ll throw it up. OK got it,” Maxville is heard saying in the video.

“I was just surprised that, you know, that this was happening,” she said, according to ABC News. “I thought, here, I’ve got to see if my training, if I was really paying attention when I had my training. And it paid off!”

“I know I heard it hit the floor and then I seen (sic) it rolling. I said ‘we got it’,” Maxville told the news outlet after she performed the maneuver.

Dr. Steve Waldvogel, the superintendent of Mannford Public Schools, said the clip showed Maxville’s true character.

“We just try to find the best people and we’ve got one,” he added. “She’s so sweet and such a great person.”

The aide said it’s the first time in 17 years that she had to use her CPR-related skills.

“I was just surprised that this was happening and I thought I got to see if I was really paying attention when I had my training and it paid off,” Maxville said.

In the clip, she is heard saying to the student:  “Don’t you do that again. You scared me to death. You hear me. Oh thank the lord you are OK.”

The young boy, she said, asked to keep the penny.