Human Interest N.Y. Boy, 7, Saves Choking Friend With Heimlich Maneuver He Learned on 'The Good Doctor' "If anybody is choking or is in danger, you always have to save them," said David Diaz Jr. By Abigail Adams Abigail Adams Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 15, 2022 01:27 PM Share Tweet Pin Email David Diaz Jr. poses with his father David Diaz Sr. and New York State Sen. Fred Akshar. Photo: Courtesy of Emmanuel Priest (Director of Public Affairs for Senator Fred Akshar) A New York elementary school student has been recognized for his heroism after saving a classmate from choking with a skill he learned on TV. David Diaz Jr., 7, received the New York State Senate Commendation Award on June 13 for rescuing his friend with the Heimlich maneuver after he began choking on pizza at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Binghamton, according to FOX News. The second-grade student told the outlet that he learned the life-saving skill while watching the ABC medical drama The Good Doctor with his father. "If anybody is choking or is in danger, you always have to save them," the boy said, adding, "If you don't, then that could be really sad." 10-Year-Old Twins Save Dad from Drowning in Pool: 'I'll Be Grateful for the Rest of My Life' Though he initially wasn't sure of his ability to save his friend, Diaz told FOX News he jumped into action after noticing his teachers were farther away than he was. Kristin Korba, a second-grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, echoed Diaz's account. "The adults were circulating the cafeteria, monitoring," she told the outlet. "David rushed behind [the choking student] and performed the Heimlich." David Diaz Jr. touches fists with New York State Sen. Fred Akshar. Courtesy of Emmanuel Priest (Director of Public Affairs for Senator Fred Akshar) Korba said Diaz later told her he had seen the Heimlich maneuver performed on TV. The boy said he made sure to "remember," as it appeared to be "important" information, she added. "I'm very proud of my son," Diaz's father, David Diaz Sr., told FOX News. "He's an angel in my eyes." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Binghamton City School District superintendent Dr. Tonia Thompson and New York State Sen. Fred Akshar (R) stopped by the boy's classroom last month to present him with the award. The Binghamton City School District celebrated Diaz's heroics Wednesday on Facebook, writing, "We are so Patriot proud of Wilson Elementary's student hero, David Diaz Jr.!" Akshar, a Broome County Sheriff candidate, applauded Diaz for his efforts and congratulated him on receiving "some well-deserved national recognition for saving his friend's life" at school. "David is a true community hero who's made his family, his school and his community very proud!" Akshar wrote on Facebook. 8-Year-Old Boy Missing for 8 Days Found Alive in German Sewer: 'We Can All Breathe a Sigh of Relief' Diaz's father isn't sure what his son's future holds but told FOX News that he hopes the young boy will "keep on learning from educational TV shows and become what he wants to become." "If he'd like to pursue becoming a doctor when he grows up, I'll be happy to help him achieve that later in life," the dad said. "But it's really up to him."