A Campbell County school resource officer is being hailed a hero after saving a LaFollette Middle School student from choking on Tuesday.
Sheriff Robbie K. Goins says during lunch period, Deputy Brandon Gross noticed the male student showing signs that he was choking and that he couldn’t breathe. Gross followed his training and duty, and performed the Heimlich maneuver, clearing the child’s airway.
“A kid came up to me, holding his neck, and I realized he wasn’t getting any air,” said Gross.
Gross said he was just doing a routine examination of the grounds and lunch period, but the student clearly got his attention.
“It was muscle memory, I was trained to do my job,” he said.
Gross says he was able to build relationships with the students he watches over by being friendly and joking with them.
“They might see an officer and come from a broken home of being arrested. They correlate police with people who take their mommy and daddy away. It gives me a push to give a positive outlook on police,” he said.
Gross is a father of two himself and says he hopes other parents know when their kids are at school, officers like him keep them safe.
“My only hope is that they see that I care for the community. I was born and raised here and I care about this community like my own family,” Gross said.