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Yakima Woman Saves Choking Husband

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A day that could have been tragic turned out well for one Yakima couple and emergency responders. A day that could have been tragic turned out well for one Yakima couple and emergency responders.

YAKIMA, WA -- A day that could have been tragic turned out well for one Yakima couple and emergency responders.

It was a relaxing day at the Watkins household, until Robbie Watkins turned her head and saw her husband choking.

"I immediately ran in and I said are you choking, and he said yes," said Robbie, "I said I'll call 911."

"Was very smart by immediately calling the fire department as soon as she wasn't sure the condition of her loved one," said Captain Tom Schneider with the Yakima Fire Department. "Immediately calling the fire department is your best answer because it gets us going right away."

Robbie connected with a 911 calltaker who began to talk her through the Heimlich Maneuver. Something Robbie was only vaguely familiar with.

"So she said you take one hand and make a fist, and you put both arms around his waist and put the other hand over the first and then push up real hard," said Robbie. "And I did that just a couple times, and the apple immediately came out."

Robbie said just as she let out a huge sigh of relief, the fire trucks and ambulances pulled in. The fire department said they found husband Vic coughing into a napkin with some watery eyes. But otherwise he was just fine.

"Told me I saved his life," said Robbie. "I couldn't believe it, but I was glad I could do it."

Of course this type of situation could happen to anybody. Firefighters encourage you to become familiar with emergency response procedures like the Heimlich and CPR. You can sign up for classes in person or get trained online.

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