By VIK JOLLY for The Orange County Register
When his friend was choking on candy, all James Cook IV could think about was that he needed his buddy to hang out with.
It happened in a flash.
Tootsie rolls, Smarties fruit flavored candy and lollipops had just flown out of a demolished piñata. Children were all over the sweets.
The birthday girl Delaney Dutton, 5, had begun opening presents when it happened: Her brother Christian, 10, started to choke on a piece of a Smarties tart candy.
Her mother, Julie, who for two decades was a 911 police dispatcher and a supervising manager with the Garden Grove Police Department, went to her son’s aide and started to pat him on the back. But the candy wouldn’t dislodge.
That’s when Christian’s friend and classmate, James Cook IV, came to the rescue.
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Photography by STEVE ZYLIUS, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER