Letters to the Editor

Stranger used Heimlich maneuver to save a life

One Saturday afternoon last month, my family and I were in the mall food court after some shopping. I witnessed a true good citizen save the day. At another table four young men were dining when suddenly one of them fell to the floor in obvious distress. His friends attempted to console him and phoned emergency responders but a stranger noticed the signs of choking and immediately jumped in.

Using the Heimlich maneuver the stranger was able to discharge the blockage while the young man’s friends and mall employees provided support. When the event ended the stranger received thanks from the fully recovered victim and his friends and then unceremoniously went on his way.

It is great to see the good in society and events like this serve to remind us that we are all together in this world and need each other.

Paul Alig

Olympia

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