State honors Walton teen for rescuing choking girl

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Rachel Trimbell, left, displays the Liberty Medal, which was presented to her Wednesday by state Sen. Jen Metzger, D-Rosendale, center. At right is Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond.

A Walton teenager who saved a younger child from choking received another honor Wednesday.

State Sen. Jen Metzger, D-Rosendale, awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Rachel Trimbell, 14, for her role in rescuing first-grader Danielle Miller, who was choking on a piece of candy as she rode the school bus in March of this year.

Trimbell successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver — a life-saving skill that she obtained through her CPR and first aid certification while in eighth grade.

“Rachel Trimbell’s swift and courageous actions were nothing short of heroic,” Metzger said. “Her willingness to take charge in this frightening emergency situation and make use of her first aid knowledge is truly worthy of this important recognition."

Metzger presented Trimbell with the Liberty Medal at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in Delhi, joined by Sheriff Craig DuMond.

The Liberty Medal is the highest civilian honor that a New York resident can receive and is awarded to individuals for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers, according to a media release.

In addition to the Liberty Medal, Trimbell is the first-ever recipient of the Super Star Award, which was presented to her on behalf of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in May of this year.