Source of Screenshot (Mike Smith on left; Tyler York on right):
In August 2013, police officer Tyler York, age 31, stopped for lunch at the Paris Coffee Shop in Fort Worth, Texas. Due to a softball accident earlier in 2013, he had lost some teeth and has to chew his food carefully. Partway through lunch, he started choking. He said, “The panic was tremendous. I couldn’t breathe.” Mike Smith, owner of the Paris Coffee Shop, said, “I heard him in distress, and I knew he was in trouble, so I jumped up as soon as I could and I ran back here.” An employee tried the Heimlich maneuver, but failed to dislodge the food, so Mr. Smith tried it, too. He said, “I jumped in and did the Heimlich maneuver on him like I’m supposed to. And I was afraid [with] my size I was going to break his ribs, but I just wanted to make sure he got it out so he could breathe.” This time, the Heimlich maneuver worked. The Fort Worth police department gave Mr. Smith a plaque bearing these words: “For providing extraordinary service and effort to save the life of a Fort Worth Police Officer, T. York, on August 7, 2013.” Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead said, “Mike, you’re a hero. Thank you.” Chief Halstead told NBC News, “It stresses the fact that all of us can be engaged in a life-saving effort. You never know; that life you save could be a loved one, could be a family member, could be a police officer.” Mr. York said, “I just want to thank him again for saving my life. He went above and beyond the call of duty to save an officer’s life when nobody else would, and I appreciate that 1,000 times. I can’t say it enough.” The plaque will go up on a wall of the restaurant with photographs of celebrities and sports stars and other customers who have eaten at the Paris Coffee Shop.
For Further Information: Ben Russell, “Restaurant Owner Saves Choking Fort Worth Officer’s Life.” NBC (Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas). 9 August 2013
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