Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell reads a proclamation to Boy Scout Julio Esis Jr. of Troop 501 that commends the 13-year-old for his quick thinking in using the Heimlich maneuver to save his 8-year-old brother, Cesar, from choking. The presentation was part of the troop’s Court of Honor on Tuesday night at Medina United Methodist Church.
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MEDINA TWP. — Thirteen-year-old Julio Esis is being hailed as a hero for saving his younger brother’s life.
The St. Francis Xavier School seventh-grader was honored Tuesday with the Boy Scouts of America’s National Certificate of Merit during the Court of Honor at Medina United Methodist Church.
Cesar Esis, 8, a third-grader at H.G. Blake Elementary School, started choking on an ice cube while he and Julio were watching television Sept. 26 in their Montville Township home.
Julio, then 12, sprang into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver on his brother.
“He alerted me by clasping his hands around his throat, which is the universal sign for choking,” Julio said on his nomination form for the award. “I quickly moved behind him and performed several abdominal thrusts. This quickly cleared the obstruction and he recovered after a few seconds.”
After the incident, Julio’s mother, Antonieta, told him he needs to tell her right away when things like that happen.
“He’s like, ‘Mom, in situations like this, there’s no time to spare,’ ” father Julio Sr., recalled his son saying. “ ‘I knew exactly what to do. I took care of the situation.
‘I was doing my duty. I was doing what I was trained for. This is what Boy Scouts are supposed to do. I don’t need any recognition.’ ”
Julio also was presented a proclamation from Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell at the ceremony.
“I complimented him before we presented the proclamation,” Hanwell said. “A lot of people get Heimlich training, but sometimes they don’t have the wherewithal to put that training in place. He was able to set his emotion aside and save his brother’s life.”
At the ceremony, Hanwell said he turned to Cesar, a Cub Scout, and said: “Every day you should thank” your brother.
The award presentation was a secret, and Julio “was very, very surprised,” his father said. “He didn’t know he was going to get it.”
Julio Jr. belongs to Boy Scout Troop 501, which meets at Medina Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Road. His father is an assistant scoutmaster.
Patrick Scherer, Great Trail Council executive, presented Julio with the certificate, one of the highest honors given to Scouts. All the scouting units in Medina County form a district and there are multiple districts in the council.
Julio Sr. said his son’s story might be in an issue of Boys’ Life Magazine, the official scouting publication.
As a father, Julio Sr. said he’s extremely proud of his oldest son.
“It’s a remarkable thing. I’m also proud of him as a Scout leader. He’s proof the program works. We’re teaching kids valuable lessons they can use their whole lives.”
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.