MERRICK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 12-year-old Long Island girl has received the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for saving her father’s life after he started choking.
Seventh-grader Victoria Scalli learned the Heimlich maneuver in gym class at Merrick Avenue Middle School.
A week later, her 50-year-old father Mark Scalli was eating dinner when he started to choke.
“We were about to have dinner and her father was choking on Italian bread,” Nancy Scalli told CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois.
That’s when Victoria sprang into action.
“I was in my room doing homework and I heard him gasping for air,” Victoria told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “He couldn’t breathe at all.”