Guests were enjoying a retirement dinner recently in South Jersey District when a moment of concern interrupted the air of celebration.
Maple Shade, NJ, Customer Services Supervisor Daniel Thompson noticed that seatmate Michael Wright — a clerk and labor union official — was shaking as if he were laughing hard.
“Are you all right, man?” Thompson asked jokingly. “Am I going to have to Heimlich you?”
When Wright didn’t respond, Thompson knew something was wrong.
Wright was choking and did in fact need the Heimlich maneuver, which Thompson immediately performed on him until a piece of meat was dislodged.