Brandon Williams is no expert, but he has seen an episode of "SpongeBob Squarepants." The 13-year-old Staten Island boy, who has autism, saved a life last month when he performed the Heimlich maneuver on a classmate in New York City.
Willams was eating lunch when he saw his classmate Jessica Pellegrino choking on what turned out to be an apple. With his arms around her midsection and one strong thrust, she spit the apple up.
When he was asked how he learned the Heimlich maneuver, he had one simple answer: "Learned it on SpongeBob."
"He files things away in the back of his head," Brandon's dad told local news station NBC 4. "These kids can do anything they want, you just gotta give them a chance."
Brandon's classmates threw a party to celebrate his heroism.