Azusa Unified to honor parent volunteer who aided choking student


The Azusa Unified Board of Education will recognize Maggie Boltz, a lunch supervisor and parent volunteer at Dalton Elementary School in Azusa, at its Feb. 3 meeting.

Boltz recently came to the aid of a student who was choking on a corn dog, district officials said. When Boltz saw that third-grader Raquel Arias was having difficulty breathing, she immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver.

Dalton Principal Roberta Monaghan said this is the second time Boltz has used the Heimlich to help a student in distress.

“We are so proud of her,” Monaghan said. “Her quick thinking and knowing exactly what to do really made a difference.”

Pictured are Boltz and student Raquel Arias. (Photo courtesy of the Azusa Unified School District)