Massapequa Boy Scout saves mother from choking

A Massapequa Boy Scout is being hailed as a hero after he saved his own mother from choking.  Thomas McNally, 12, was at his home with his two siblings when his mother began to choke on a piece of

News 12 Staff

Jul 15, 2015, 6:56 AM

Updated 3,297 days ago

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A Massapequa Boy Scout is being hailed as a hero after he saved his own mother from choking. 
Thomas McNally, 12, was at his home with his two siblings when his mother began to choke on a piece of meat. 
"She was just, like, holding her neck. She was purple because she couldn't breathe," Thomas told News 12. "I got up. I started to do the Heimlich. All in my head, I was saying 'don't panic.'" 
After four or five attempts, Valerie McNally coughed up the meat and she was saved. 
Thomas learned the lifesaving lesson a few weeks prior from the Great Neck Fire Alert Company. The firefighters met with the scouts to teach them the Heimlich maneuver and CPR.
Thomas received a wall full of citations and a chest full of medals from the Boy Scouts, the fire department and the town. Still, Thomas says he is not a hero. 
"I don't like being called a hero because heroes are veterans and people in the Army, police officers and firemen. So, I don't think I'm really a hero," Thomas told News 12. 
Apparently, the Boy Scouts think he's a hero. The organization awarded the 12-year-old its highest honor, the Medal of Merit, for saving a life. Only 2 percent of Boy Scouts receive it.


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