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Griggsville-Perry principal honored by Red Cross for life saving efforts

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GRIGGSVILLE, Ill. (WGEM) -

A local school principal who saved the life of a teacher was recognized for his heroic effort on Friday.

Griggsville-Perry High School Principal Mark Cheatum received the Red Cross Certificate of Merit, the highest award given by the Red Cross.

Last April, teacher Charlene Glecker got a piece of cauliflower stuck in her throat.

"I really didn't panic, I don't know why, there was a calm about me," Gleckler said. "Because I knew that we had practiced this so much in our training that I knew that Mr. Cheatum would be able to do the Heimlich."

A student ran to get Cheatum, after that, he says his Red Cross training kicked in and he knew exactly what to do, start the Heimlich maneuver.

"You're always panicked. But that's one of the advantages of the training, it has the tendency to keep you calm," Cheatum said. "And so there really wasn't a lot of thinking, you just know what to do."

Glecker says she never really panicked through the whole ordeal because she knew Cheatum was trained and she had faith things would work out.

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