10-year-old Phoenix boy saves friend from choking on chicken nugget

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A fifth-grade boy is being hailed as a hero after he saved the life of a choking friend.

Phoenix firefighters presented the Citizen Lifesaving Award to Gavin Hunt Thursday morning.

And the award was a surprise for this 10-year-old Stetson Hills Elementary School student. When his name was called, he couldn't stop grinning.

Back on May 9, when Gavin was just a young fourth-grader, he saw another student choking on some food in the cafeteria.

"I saw his face was turning all red and I just reacted," Gavin tells us.

Gavin immediately stood up behind the choking boy and successfully dislodged the food by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

"I just squeezed him by the stomach and the chicken nugget went flying across the room," Gavin remembers.

The incident has inspired Gavin in his future career plans. "When I grow up now, I want to be a firefighter," he says.

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