Jul 18, 2013
07:50 AMThe Connecticut Story
Off-Duty Connecticut Firefighter Saves Choking Restaurant Customer
An Allingtown firefighter in West Haven may have been off-duty Tuesday night while grabbing dinner at a local restaurant, but that didn’t stop him from springing into action to help someone there.
City of West Haven Fire Department Allingtown Firefighter EMT Chris Hawes gave a choking customer at Biagetti’s the Heimlich maneuver several times after two restaurant employees told him there was an emergency. Then Hawes went back to eating dinner with his wife.
“It happened so fast. It probably seemed like a long time to everybody around, but it was quick,” a humble Hawes said Wednesday.
Allingtown Deputy Chief Chrisopher Reed said the fire commission will likely recognize Hawes at its next meeting in September. It’s natural for firefighters to want to pitch in when needed, even when they’re not on the job, he added.