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Restaurant manager's quick thinking saves life

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

The Marshall's say they don't go out to eat very often but they thought they would treat themselves to start the weekend.>

"Before I even thought about it I took a big bite of my steak, and was chewing it up. And I took of rice, and I felt it kinda stick right here," said Shane Marshall.

After taking a few drinks to get the food down, it still didn't budge.
His wife acted fast and tried to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

"I was just trying to as hard as I could, because I'm not that strong. I was trying to get as much force as I could," said his wife, Pamela.

"Literally picking him up off the ground, she was trying to do the Heimlich maneuver. And I stepped in and hit him about twice with it," said Ryan's general manager Joe Combs.

"And before I realized it, Mr. Joe Combs was behind me saying are you alright, can you breathe?" said Marshall.

He could, Combs had successfully cleared his airway.

"I really wish I could do more for him. I owe the man my life."

"I was thinking the whole time, I've survived two tours of duty, and here I am gonna succumb to choking. It was scary I didn't really want to go."

He would do the same for anyone, he says, and remains humble.

"That's part of the job, we not only serve food but if a customer gets in trouble, we'll try to take care of them the best we can," said Combs.

General manager Joe Combs has invited the family back for another meal, this time it will be on the house.

Paramedics were called to the scene, but soon after, Marshall was cleared to go home with his family.


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