Human Interest WATCH: Teen Saves Fellow Student from Choking on a Cheese Curd Using Heimlich Maneuver Brown was prepared for situation thanks to his training as a La Crosse Police Explorer, a program that introduces young adults to the criminal justice system By Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit is a Royals Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2016 after graduating from The College of New Jersey and holding previous positions at Seventeen, CBS Radio and more. Follow the proud dog mom on Twitter at @stephpetit_ for the latest on Queen Elizabeth's corgis. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 26, 2017 11:27 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Lunchroom banter quickly turned into a scary situation when a Wisconsin high school student began choking on a piece of food. Luckily, his friend jumped into action and prevented a potentially tragic situation. In a video posted to the La Crosse School District’s Facebook page, a cafeteria security camera caught freshman Will Olson begin to cough on a cheese curd while eating with other students. “Someone cracked a pretty good joke and I was laughing so hard to the point of where I took a deep breath and that’s when I started to choke,” Olson told KARE 11. “That’s when I really started to panic. Oh jeez, could I possibly die from this?” Luckily, sitting across from him was fellow freshman Ian Brown, who calmly got up and performed the Heimlich maneuver on his classmate when he noticed a change of color in his friend’s face, according to the La Crosse Police. He performed the action four times before the item dislodged from Olson’s throat. Brown then brought the student to the nurse’s office to make sure he was okay. FROM COINAGE: Try This Healthy, Cheap Late-Night Snack According to the school, Brown was prepared for situation thanks to his training as a La Crosse Police Explorer, a program that introduces young adults to the criminal justice system. “I had the training maybe a month ago,” Brown told KARE 11. “I plan to be a police officer, that’s my plan.” For now, Brown is simply a hero to his high school. “I walked into PE and people were clapping, and I come into the lunch room and got a standing ovation and a bunch of kids were clapping,” he said. “And I’m like, alright, can I eat my lunch?” The two classmates plan to petition the school district to include basic CPR and training in the Heimlich maneuver in their health classes.