Colton teacher honored for saving young girl’s life

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Photos/CJUSD: Grant Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Finn receiving a certificate of recognition from Colton Joint Unified School District Board Member Frank Ibarra during the Board of Education meeting on February 15, 2018 for saving the life of 7-year-old Aylin Caroline Medina, who is seen by her side.
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Grant Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Finn was honored by the Colton Joint Unified School District on February 15 for her heroic actions in saving a student from choking on a bottle cap.

The incident occurred after school on February 9. According to Finn, a car pulled away from the curb and stopped in the middle of the street. A woman and a child then proceeded to get out of the car.

“I heard, “Help! She’s choking,” explained Finn. “It was then, that God said, ‘Hmmm, I need you.’”

Finn said she dropped her belongings and rushed to the street to help 7-year-old Aylin Caroline Medina. She told Medina to remove her backpack and then performed the Heimlich Maneuver–removing the bottle cap from the student’s throat.

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Despite her heroic efforts, Finn said she started shaking.

“Yes, I may have helped save her life,” said Finn. “But I didn’t do it alone. How’s that for God in your life on a Friday afternoon?”

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Grant Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Finn was honored by the Colton Joint Unified School District on February 15 for her heroic actions in saving a student from choking on a bottle cap.
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