PUYALLUP, Wash. - An 8-year-old girl is being called a hero after she saved her best friend's life with the Heimlich maneuver.

The two girls were recently playing at Samantha Kelley's Puyallup home when Kelley said she decided to crack some jokes.

It might have been a little too much for her best friend, who was eating a tangerine.

I had just grabbed a movie for us to watch and I made her laugh with one of my jokes, Kelley said.

Kelley said her friend started choking and gasping for breath, she got behind her and used the lifesaving technique.

I was just really scared, so I just did that on her the Heimlich maneuver.

The girl was honored with an award for courage at her elementary school and she's been teaching everyone she knows how to do it.

Anyone can learn it.. even 4 year olds Kelley said.

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