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School bus driver Dennis Ziemann checks his mirror often to make sure the kids are seated. On a recent afternoon, he saw a middle school boy pushing his buddy up the aisle. So he pulled over and turned on his flashers.

The boy’s face was turning purple. “Are you choking?” Ziemann asked. The boy nodded.

There wasn’t much room, so Ziemann brought the boy’s arms up, put him against a seat and began hitting his upper back.

“After the third one, he started gasping,” Ziemann said. “He said, ‘Oh, I can breathe.’ ”

Turns out the middle schooler had been laughing when he choked on a whole “fun-size” Snickers.

Ziemann had been a certified first responder “years ago,” and got first-aid training when he started as a bus driver months ago.

The Jan. 29 act earned Ziemann a safety award from his company, Durham School Services, and a handmade card from the boy.

“So that’s kinda neat,” Ziemann said.

JENNA ROSS

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