Newcomerstown Middle School Principal Jason Peoples was honored as one of the American Red Cross Muskingum Lakes Chapter Hometown Hero Award winners at a presentation April 12 at the Tuscarawas County Senior Citizen Center. Peoples was honored for his quick-thinking action last November when he administered the Heimlich maneuver to an eighth grade student who had choked while eating lunch, clearing the young man's airway after about eight thrusts. Peoples was nominated for this award by Sandy Kennedy and eighth grade students Morgan Bunner and Shawna Cox. Pictured, l to r, are Kennedy, Bunner and Peoples. Cox was absent from the photo.