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Custodian credited with saving third grader's life

March 24, 2010
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BETHEL PARK, PA — The head custodian at Memorial Elementary School is credited with saving the life of a choking third grader, according to The Almanac.
John Kovach, a custodian with the Bethel Park School District for 36 years, began performing the Heimlich maneuver after Dylan Dowd began choking on a grape he swallowed whole, the story stated.
Tammy Dowd, Dylan''s mother, gave Kovach a restaurant gift card to thank him, but Kovach gracefully declined her gift, the story noted.
Tammy Dowd said: "We were very fortunate he was there. He is genuinely nice. We''re very thankful to Mr. John, he went way above and beyond. He said, ''Dylan is one of my kids and I would do it for any of my kids.''"
Still wanting to show their gratitude to the humble head custodian, the Dowds brought Kovach his favorite McDonald''s lunch and they all ate together in the school cafeteria, the story added.
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