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Georgia House honors local student for saving classmate
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Mariyah Carter stands between state Rep. Al Williams and and House Speaker David Ralston March 8 after a resoltion honoring the fourth grader was passed. Her parents and sister are to the left. - photo by Photo provided.

ATLANTA — State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, recently led the Georgia House in recognizing and honoring Mariyah Carter, a fourth-grader at Taylors Creek Elementary School, for saving the life of a fellow classmate.

Joined by her family, the student was recognized by the House on March 8 with House Resolution 1338.

“I am proud of this brave, young citizen of Liberty County and was blessed to have her and her family join my colleagues and I in the House chamber recently,” Williams said. “Mariyah’s story is truly inspiring. She immediately went into service when she noticed her friend suffering and literally saved his life in the school cafeteria in a true act of heroism.”

Carter successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on a fellow classmate, Ryan Lippy, whom she saw choke on a piece of bread. Carter learned the maneuver as part of the fourth-grade curriculum, taught by the school’s nurse, Alyssa Lanier. The Heimlich maneuver was taught to Mariyah and her peers using dolls from Heimlich Heroes, a company that gives dolls to schools to train students.

For more information on HR 1338, go to To read the Courier story from when the Liberty County Board of Education honored the fourth-grader, go to

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