Firefighter Uses Heimlich to Save Co-Worker

Fellow member of the force was choking

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Thursday, Oct 27, 2011  |  Updated 7:58 AM EDT
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Firefighter Saves Choking Firefighter

Sean Roth saved the life of a fellow firefighter by performing the Heimlich Maneuver.

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A firefighter in Prince George's County is being credited with saving the life of a fellow member of the force.

Sean Roth returned from a call to the Forestville, Md. firehouse around 10:30 Wednesday morning. He said a 42-year-old female volunteer approached him and appeared to be in trouble.

"She got my attention, put her hands around her neck, giving me a sign that she was choking," said Roth. "She was obviously in distress."

Roth said he went up behind her and reached around her abdominal section, giving a big thrust, an action better known as the Heimlich Maneuver. Once the food that was stuck in her throat came out, Roth checked her vitals and determined she was okay.

The female volunteer went back to setting up a luncheon for a funeral later in the day.

The Prince George's County Fire and EMS Department offers instructions on the Heimlich Maneuver and other life saving techniques. You can find out more by calling the CPR hotline at (301) 864-LIVE.

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