Young Marine springs into action to save sister's life - Western Mass News CBS, ABC, FOX
Monday, October 7, 2019

A local boy is now being called a hero for saving his big sister when she was choking. A fun day at a field hockey tournament took a turn for the Devillier family when their daughter, Kristina, started choking on skittles. Luckily, her little brother jumped into action and saved her life.

"It was really scary, because I didn’t know if I was going to be calm in the moment, ready in that moment, afraid, or do it right, and I just took action," Bradford Devillier tells us.

14-year-old Bradford and his sister 21-year-old sister, Kristina, were working the concession stand at the Agawam Field Hockey Tournament on Saturday.

Bradford tells Western Mass News he heard his sister choking and that’s when he ran over and began to administer the Heimlich Maneuver.

"I just thought this is my sister. It’ll be easier for me to do it and I’m closer to her height than other people," explained Bradford.

Bradord, an eighth grader at HCSS in West Springfield, is part of the Young Marines, a nonprofit youth organization that focuses on leadership, honoring veterans, and community service.

It was in the Young Marines where he learned life-saving skills, like the Heimlich Maneuver and CPR, and like most heroes, he doesn’t consider himself one. Read more... 

By Lindsey Kane, reporter with Western Mass News 
October 6, 2019


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