PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There was a big save before the Pens game Saturday.
A young hockey fan who was choking and unable to breathe got some life-saving help from a local police officer, bouncer and waiter.
It happened at the Blue Line Grille near CONSOL. A 16-year-old boy, dining there with his family before the game, started choking on a piece of pork.
“I saw a guy hunched over, holding his throat and I realized he was choking,” said restaurant employee Paris Johnson. “His father was administering the Heimlich, but he was still seated.”
Johnson ran over to help and pulled the teen to his feet.
The ordeal happened just out of sight of the restaurant’s surveillance cameras, but you can see people surrounding the teen.
They performed the Heimlich maneuver once and got some of it up.
“I asked him if he was alright,” said Pittsburgh Police Sgt. Stephen Matakovich who was working a security detail. “He stated, ‘no, it’s still there,’ so at that point, Jarvis, being the biggest and strongest out of the three of us, got behind him, started giving him the Heimlich a couple more times.”
“After I finally did it for the last time, got the big chunk out, felt a lot better, breathing, smiling,” said Jarvis Nixon, a bodyguard at the restaurant.
The boy was with his mom and dad. Afterward, the manager gave him some ice cream and they headed off to the game.