An Indianola man is being recognized by the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Ed Johnson, principal at Whittier Elementary in Indianola, is one of 16 Des Moines Area Heroes of the Heartland.
Johnson is being recognized for his quick action last April when fifth-grader Logan Major was choking on a carrot at lunch. Johnson gave Logan the Heimlich maneuver.
The carrot had completely obstructed Logan’s airway, according to his mother, Kelly Wilson.
It was the first time in more than 16 years as a principal that Johnson had used the Heimlich maneuver on a child, although he is recertified annually in CPR.
Eleven years ago, the American Red Cross set out to develop an annual event to honor Iowans who have performed a heroic act. Heroes of the Heartland not only recognizes these heroes, but also raises funds to help ensure that the American Red Cross will be prepared and best equipped to help people with food, shelter and comfort during emergencies.
This year’s honorees will be celebrated at the Heroes of the Heartland breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. April 12 at Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines.