A Ft. Campbell soldier was recently awarded an impact Army Achievement Medal for her efforts in saving a young child who was choking earlier this year.
According to a report in the Leaf Chronicle, Spc. Katherine McIntire, an Army medic assigned to the 194th Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101 Sustainment Brigade was at home watching television on January 13 when she heard her neighbor yelling for help.
McIntire ran toward the sound of the woman's cries and found a four-year-old boy lying face down on the floor.
The paper reported McIntire immediately rushed over to the child and assessed his airway and breathing.
After checking for food in the child's mouth and determining he was not breathing and that his face had turned a pale white, McIntire began to administer the Heimlich maneuver.
The young child began breathing again after the second attempt at the maneuver when a piece of food that was lodged in his throat was released.
“My reaction to the situation came very natural. I didn't hesitate, I just acted,” McIntire told the paper, adding, “You always wonder how you will act in these situations. I have children of my own, which made the situation very more real.”
EMS workers arrived to the scene shortly after McIntire was able help the child.
Emergency crews determined the child did not require any additional treatment.
*The Leaf Chronicle contributed to this report.