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7th Grader With Autism Saves Classmate by Using Technique He Learned From SpongeBob

A student in Staten Island, New York's affinity for watching "SpongeBob SquarePants" helped him save the life of one of his classmates, according to People magazine.

When 13-year-old Brandon Williams, who has autism, noticed that his classmate Jessica Pelligrino was choking on an apple slice, Brandon jumped into action, performing the Heimlich maneuver and ultimately dislodging the piece of fruit from his classmate's throat.

The seventh grader says he learned the life-saving technique from watching SpongeBob.

Brandon's dad Anthony Williams told SILive.com that Brandon often picks up on things that most people wouldn't see, like the bits used on "SpongeBob SquarePants."

"[He] files it all away in his head, and he can recall it all in an instant," Williams explained. "That's how he knew instantly what to do. And we're glad he did. We're proud of him."

The class hero was rewarded with a party to celebrate his bravery, yet he remained humble.

"I don't need a medal. I'm good, I'm good," he said.

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