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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Brandon Williams, 13, often watches SpongeBob Squarepants and knew how to use one of his favorite shows to save a classmates life.

Brandon has autism and is in class with other children who have special needs. When he noticed his classmate Jessica was choking, he stepped in and gave her the Heimlich Maneuver.

Later, Brandon was asked where he learned it, according to

“Learned it on SpongeBob,” he answered quickly.

“He picks up on things that most of us would miss, and files it all away in his head, and he can recall it all in an instant,” Brandon’s dad said. “That’s how he knew instantly what to do. And we’re glad he did. We’re proud of him.”

Jessica and Brandon are in class together and eat lunch at the same table daily, so paraprofessional Pat DeMarco said they always look out for each other.

The school held a small party to celebrate what Brandon had done, even saying he deserved a medal.

“I don’t need a medal. I’m good; I’m good,” he said.