A Missouri lunch lady is being praised after saving the life of one of her students she sees every day.

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It was just a normal day for Danielle Eichmeyer, making sure all the kids at her elementary school in Wentzville were taken care of. That's when she noticed one of her students choking on food and Eichmeyer rushed to the rescue. Fifth-grader Shelby Ashen was eating a Lunchable when she started choking, Shelby's mom (also a lunch lady) tried to help her daughter, and when Eichmeyer saw it wasn't working she jumped in. According to KMBC,

"I started doing the Heimlich maneuver, and I did it a couple of times, and it didn't work, so I kind of put my leg between her legs to hike her up a little higher," Eichmeyer said.

With Danielle steeping in so fast and doing the Heimlich she was able to help the student, who was checked out and went back to class for the rest of the day.

I remember all of my lunch ladies when I was in school and see some to this day. Teachers are important, but there is something about lunch ladies who make sure our kids are given healthy meals and treats, and take care of them when we (parents) are not around.

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