Snowhill Elementary Custodian Curt Johnson stands next to fifth grade student, Grayson Delaney.

A Springfield City School District custodian is being honored for his selfless actions on behalf of a student who was having a medical emergency.

Larry ‘Curt’ Johnson recently performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a fifth-grade Snowhill Elementary student who was choking on crackers in the cafeteria. After administering abdominal thrusts, the crackers came out of the student’s throat. Johnson said he believes he acted at a critical time, as the student’s face was beginning to turn colors. 

Johnson has been an employee of the District for 10 years, working at Snowhill for nine years. He has been thanked by the student and his family, as well as honored by his employee union. This month, Johnson received the District’s first ‘Employee of the Month’ award as part of a new employee recognition program.

“Curt is a prime example of an employee who consistently goes above and beyond for our students, ensuring that each of them know how much they are valued and cared for,” said SCSD Superintendent Dr. Bob Hill. “We are grateful that this specific scenario ended in the best way possible because Curt was not afraid to quickly jump into action to help a student in need. He is the first of many employees who the District will be shining a light on, in order to properly recognize the daily efforts of our incredible staff.”