Choking Greenland woman saved by off-duty Portsmouth firefighter
PORTSMOUTH - A Greenland woman choking on a piece of bread at a local restaurant was saved by an off-duty firefighter who dislodged the bread by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
Seacoastonline.com reported Sharon Green was eating at Grill 28 when 22-year-old Portsmouth firefighter Rick Condon noticed her in distress and mouthing the words "I'm choking" to a waitress.
Condon said he got up, "pushed the hostess out of the way," spun Green around and gave her two rounds of the Heimlich which dislodged the bread.
"It was literally over in seconds," Condon told Seacoastonline.com
Green said she hugged Condon and the restaurant started clapping. Condon said it was the first and only time he's administered the Heimlich maneuver and he was pleased to see it work. He said the Heimlich maneuver is part of a firefighter's training but should also be "basic training for everybody."