Monday, August 29, 2011

Beer Vendor Saves Choking Child At Washington Nationals Game, Then Continues Working

There's an excellent piece on the Washington Post website tonight about a act of heroism that should not go unacknowledged.

It seems that last Thursday afternoon at the Nationals afternoon game, a young boy began choking on his food.  A nearby beer/water vendor, Emmanuel Marlow, set down his case and attended to the boy.  Assuring the child's panicked mother that her boy would be okay, Marlow patiently and skillfully performed the Heimlich maneuver until the offending piece of chicken was dislodged.

Marlow's mother then spent 10 minutes hugging and crying Marlow, thanking him for saving her boy.  After making sure that the child was alright, Marlow picked his case back up and continued working.

Kudos to this man's calm under pressure and knowing what to do in a scary situation.  When all the patrons around the boy panicked, Marlow relied on training he received in a CPR class.
“I guess they never had experienced a first-aid situation,” said Marlow, who had once worked a game at FedEx Field when a patron had a mild stroke. “[The boy] was actually going to a new color. I knew I needed to jump in and do it. There was no time for hesi­ta­tion. It had to be done right then and there.”
If you don't know how to perform CPR and other basic life-saving measures, check out your local Red Cross chapter for a class.

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