Jasper Teacher Hailed a Hero After Saving Student's Life

A Tri-State Kindergarten teacher is being praised for saving a student's life.

Posted: Nov 22, 2021 9:22 AM
Updated: Nov 30, 2021 8:10 AM

A Tri-State Kindergarten teacher is being praised for saving a student's life.

Only halfway through the school year, Jasper Elementary teacher Audrey Nordhoff and her student Eddie already have a bond closer than most.

"He is spunky and caring and loving. Smart little boy," says Nordhoff.

But just recently the two shared a scary experience they'll never forget when Eddie started choking.

"He actually even did like 'this kind of motion' and I said out loud 'oh my gosh he can't breathe," says Nordhoff.

Audrey says she initially thought 5-year-old Eddie was going to be sick, until she saw him panic.

"I was patting him on the back and I carried him out of the classroom," says Nordhoff. "He was in front of me, and I did the Heimlich across the hallway. That's when the object came out."

Terrifying news to make any parent stop in their tracks.

"It was definitely a scary call to receive," says Jade Marinin, Eddie's mom.

It's through his quick actions and thinking Eddie's mom says she's thankful for the most.

"It was an example of her caring for my son and making sure he was safe," says Marinin. "It goes beyond teaching, which is huge in itself."

"I feel like the mom part of me came out," says Nordhoff.

Eddie's mom Jade made it a point to recognize the heroic actions of her son's teacher on social media.

"Everything that Eddie does from now on is thanks to her," says Marinin. "To think it could've ended up differently or that my weekend could've looked different, I wouldn't be sitting at the ER with him."

An unforgettable thank you.

"I think the first interaction we had before the ER was tears and a hug," says Marinin. "I think the hug and tears said it all. You can't put it into words for someone saving your child's life."

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