Girl, 7, on life support after choking on lunch at school

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BROOKLYN, NY -- A young girl is on life support after choking on her lunch at a school in Brooklyn.

7-year-old Noelia-Lisa Echavarria's family says the first grader is a slow eater and was always rushed to finish at lunchtime.

Her uncle, Carlos Santiago said, "My niece came out of lunchroom eating a sandwich. They say she was choking. She was holding her throat."

EMT Qwasie Reid happened to be driving by in a private ambulance when someone ran out of the school crying for help.

Reid says he immediately cleared out the girl's mouth, put an oxygen mask on her, used a defibrillator and started CPR.

"She was blue in the face and lips. No response. Unconscious unresponsive," Reid said.

The family says the principal never called to let them know, and they have no idea what happened.

Reid says no one was helping the child when he first raced into the school.

"I made a vow to save a life. If I had to do jump out of the ambulance again, I'd do anything. I pray to God she feels better," he said.

Since his heroic effort, Reid has been suspended from his ambulance company for unknown reasons.

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