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North LaFayette Elem. teacher honored for life-saving deed

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David Carroll with Kaylee & Skye Smith, and Skye's teacher Audra Shepherd David Carroll with Kaylee & Skye Smith, and Skye's teacher Audra Shepherd
2nd grader Skye Smith 2nd grader Skye Smith
LaFayette Police Chief Bengie Clift with Traci Reece demonstrating lifesaving techniques on Sheriff Steve Wilson LaFayette Police Chief Bengie Clift with Traci Reece demonstrating lifesaving techniques on Sheriff Steve Wilson
David Carroll and N. Lafayette teacher Audra Shepherd David Carroll and N. Lafayette teacher Audra Shepherd
Students and teachers at North LaFayette Elementary School Students and teachers at North LaFayette Elementary School
LAFAYETTE, GA (WRCB) -

It isn't every day that students at North LaFayette Elementary School get a visit from the superintendent, the sheriff, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.  On Thursday, they all visited to honor 2nd grade teacher Audra Shepherd.  Recently, one of her students, Skye Smith choked on a nacho chip, and couldn't breathe.  Mrs. Shepherd knew just what to do, reacting calmly, and applying the appropriate pressure to dislodge the chip.

Skye's mother, Kaylee Smith, contacted Eyewitness News in hopes of honoring and recognizing the teacher she called "a life saver."  With the help of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and O'Charley's Restaurants, we hosted a surprise assembly for the entire school, presenting Mrs. Shepherd with gift cards, and creating an educational experience for the students.

We called in the experts, from Walker County Emergency Services. Along with Sheriff Steve Wilson, LaFayette Police Chief Bengie Clift, and local firefighters, the first responders demonstrated life-saving skills to hundreds of students and their teachers.

Traci Reece of Walker County Emergency Services said the students, from kindergarten through fifth grade, were especially attentive, and will always remember the universal "choking sign," and the ways to apply pressure to dislodge food particles.  Superintendent Damon Raines praised all teachers, including Mrs. Shepherd for treating all students "as if they were their own children."

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