Shelton school custodian recognized for saving student’s life

William Langhammer
William Langhammer

The Shelton Board of Education (BOE) honored a longtime school custodian at the Jan. 29 meeting for saving a choking student’s life.

William Langhammer, head custodian at Shelton Intermediate School, gave the Heimlich maneuver to an eighth-grade student in the cafeteria at lunchtime on Dec. 2.

His actions dislodged food that was stuck in the student’s throat “so he could breathe again,” School Supt. Freeman Burr said at the meeting.

Burr said Langhammer’s “quick thinking and quick actions saved the student’s life.”

Standing ovation

The BOE presented Langhammer with a certificate of appreciation during the meeting. He received a standing ovation from everyone at the meeting — including audience members — and was personally congratulated with a handshake by BOE members.

His efforts to help a student in distress also have been recognized by SIS Headmaster Kenneth Saranich, who recommended the BOE publicly honor him.

Langhammer attended the meeting with his family members.

Burr said Langhammer’s actions were symbolic of the many contributions made by custodial and maintenance staff in the education system’s eight schools and central office facility.