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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-28-2019

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2 SCITUATE / SMITHFIELD MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER SCITUATE – Scituate Middle School hailed one of its own last week after staff said a moment of bravery and quick action from a student saved the life of his classmate during lunch. Chris Parenteau, 14, is being hailed a hero for his rapid actions after he performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking classmate and successfully dislodged food from his blocked throat. "I could tell he was choking. I knew if he couldn't breathe that it was pretty serious," Parenteau said. While eating lunch at school on March 11, Parenteau said he noticed his classmate's behavior change, his eyes going wide and tearing up. Parenteau said he asked the fellow 8th- grader if he could speak, and when the student shook his head no, he sprung into action. Parenteau said he told the student, who choked on nachos, to stand up. When the youth continued to shake his head, unable to breathe, Parenteau began pounding on his back. Ultimately, the Heimlich proved successful and the nacho became dis- lodged, accompanied by vomiting. Parenteau said he has the Boy Scouts to thank for his training, though he said he is no longer involved with a troop. On March 20, Scituate Middle School Principal Tonianne Napolitano recognized Parenteau for his brave and swift actions in front of the middle school student body. "He did it without any hesitation," Scituate youth recognized for life-saving actions By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Scituate Middle School 8th-grader CHRIS PARENTEAU received an Amazon Fire tablet from SMS Principal TONIANNE NAPOLITANO after he performed the Heimlich maneuver to save a choking class- mate. said Napolitano, who presented the student hero with an Amazon Fire tablet. "Thanks to your heroic efforts, you saved a student's life last week in the cafeteria," she said. The student who was saved declined to be interviewed. Parenteau, in accepting the gift, gave the student body some words of advice. "Chew your food better," he said. Napolitano said buzz about the inci- dent spread around the school rapidly, with teachers, students and administra- tors talking about his life-saving action. According to Napolitano, teachers in the cafeteria that day said they were grateful that Parenteau reacted so quickly in helping the student before they knew what was happening. "If you do take a big bite, make sure you do it with Chris Parenteau," Napolitano said. Parenteau said he was surprised that the assembly was for him, saying he knew something was up when he saw his parents in the front row. His moth- er, Lisa Parenteau, said when he told her about what happened at lunch, he was humble and did not recognize his actions. "It was about helping out his buddy," she said. His parents said they can attest to his selfless caring for others and endless desire to help strangers start- ing at a young age. His father, Chris Parenteau, proudly said his son vol- unteers with the Hope-Jackson Fire Company, which is partly why he was able to recognize his classmate in distress. "A lot of people would freeze, but not Chris," his dad said. "He laughs at dangerous situations." Rabies vaccination clinic and dog licensing April 6 and 13 SCITUATE – A Scituate/Foster rabies vaccination clinic and dog licensing event will be held at the Scituate Animal Shelter, 106 George Washington Highway, on Saturdays, April 6 and April 13, from noon to 2 p.m. Rabies vaccinations are $10 per pet. Bring the pet's current, unex- pired rabies certificate to qualify for the three-year vaccine. Pets without a current certificate will receive the one-year vaccine. Dog licenses are $10 per dog for Scituate residents and $8 per dog for Foster residents. Dog licenses are for Scituate and Foster residents only. Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination to be licensed. Cats must be in carriers; dogs must be on leashes. This is a cash only event. Visit www.facebook.com/scitu- aterianimalcontrol for more infor- mation. Thursday Night Book Club meets March 28 SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Thursday Night Book Club on March 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. "Fruit of the Drunken Tree," by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, will be dis- cussed this month. Call 401-231-5150, or stop in, to reserve your spot.

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