07.08.08 10 years ago 19 Comments

A California man named Ken Hunter was having dinner with his girlfriend when he began to choke on a piece of meat.  Luckily, Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, who was dining with his wife (pictured – yay!), was there to save his life.

[Gonzalez said,] “The whole restaurant was quiet. Nobody was doing anything. Then I saw he was turning blue. Everybody in the restaurant was just kind of sitting there wide-eyed.”

The 6-foot-5 Gonzalez, about a foot taller than Hunter, jumped out of his chair and came up behind the stricken man and began to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

Diana Martin, a restaurant employee, said no one else seemed to know what to do. “He was so lucky Tony was there,” Martin said. “In a situation like that, every second counts. It helped a lot that Tony’s a big, strong guy because you have to be able to apply some pretty good pressure. I don’t think I would have been strong enough to help him.”

Let's not get carried away here.  He didn't save anyone from a burning building or land a jumbo jet or disable a ticking bomb.  It's the fucking Heimlich maneuver.  It's about as heroic as squashing a bug for a girl.  Why, the other day I said "Hey watch out" and kept a stranger from walking into the street when a car was driving past.  Do I get a medal or what?

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