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Power line worker in Lexington saves choking baby

A power line repairman is being called a hero after saving a choking baby in Lexington.


LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington lineman is being called a hero after saving a choking baby.

The men were working on a power pole near a home on Garden Springs Drive in Lexington when they heard a boy screaming for help. When they found the boy, he told them his baby brother was choking.

“We were not expecting anything like that. You never do,” lineman, Ryan Scribner said.

The little boy screaming for help was 11-year-old Leonel Gamboa.

Leonel told Fox 56 when his baby brother, Santiago, started choking he noticed the linemen and decided they would probably know what to do.

"I was very worried about my baby brother," Leonel said.

When Scribner followed the boy and saw the situation, he decided to step in and began the Heimlich maneuver.

"Probably five, six, seven compressions in he was breathing pretty normal, but we still had the police and ambulance come just to make sure everything was alright, and little guy seemed to be doing pretty good," Scribner said.

He said he knew what to do because of the training he received through his company.

Since the scare, Leonel says his baby brother is doing great.

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