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Hero Brother, Mason Shirhall, Shares Life-Saving Tips On Visit To WLNY’s The Couch

Mason, left and Gavin, right, came to The Couch to talk about the importance of first aid.

Mason, left and Gavin, right, came to The Couch to talk about the importance of first aid.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One of the scariest things a parent can come face to face with is a choking child.

Or for Erin Shirhall, her son silently choking while her back was turned. It happened to her last weekend when her 10-year-old son, Gavin choked on a meatball at dinner in their Vernon, N.J., home.

But his 7-year-old brother, Mason Shirhall, didn’t waste a second when he saw his older sibling unable to breathe or talk.

“Gavin said, ‘Mom, I almost just chocked to death and Mason gave me the Heimlich,’” Erin Shirhall said.

“I looked at him and then I was like … It made me get up and help him,” Mason said.

“I was terrified. Glad I had my brother here. A big meatball…lodged in my throat,” Gavin said.

Both boys learned the Heimlich maneuver almost a year ago from their father, who is a volunteer firefighter and Cub Scout leader.

The entire family visited The Couch on Tuesday. Watch the complete interview – and a demonstration on the Heimlich Maneuver on TV 10-55’s John Elliott.