Heimlich Heroes Blog


Sep 12, 2019

When Disaster Struck, A Hero Arose

Interview with Sam Jarrett, a Heimlich Hero

A few months ago, Sam Jarret was working a day just like any other at LaRosa’s Pizzeria. However, when he saw that a customer was choking, he knew exactly what to do. He was able to successfully perform the Heimlich Maneuver® on the woman in distress.  We had the opportunity to interview Sam about his experience. Here is what he had to say:

How did you learn the Heimlich Maneuver?

“I learned the Heimlich Maneuver when I was a Boy Scout when I started off at 12 years old and then next I got certified when I was 15 or 16. We went over to the police station and we learned how to do it again to get certified.”

What do you remember about the time you used the Heimlich Maneuver?

“The thing I remember about that day was “I gotta get this table clean” because I was cleaning a table right next to them and then next thing you know, a woman stood up and said, “Does anyone know the Heimlich Maneuver?” And I was like, “Yeah!” I’m about to help him, and then I just went in and helped him. And after I did, I asked him if he was okay and he looked okay, so I just went back to work. Then I went and told my manager.”

What would you tell others when it comes to the Heimlich Maneuver and everyday emergency situations?

“Number 1: You have to stay calm, that’s for sure. If you’re freaking out, everyone else is going to follow you. So, you just stay calm and focus on what’s at hand and keep your mind on what to do. Go through those steps. Mainly just get right under them, have your hand under your fist and make sure you do it right with the right technique.”

Do you have any future plans?

“My future plan is to go enlist into the Air Force and become a TACP (Tactical Air Control Party), and I’ll be with a 16 man squadron going into battles with Army, Marines, Navy and maybe even Navy Seals, working with Special Operation Forces and basically just calling in air strikes and stuff. That’s what I want to do!”

It looks like Sam will be saving lives his whole life! We are so proud of him not only for being a Heimlich Hero, but for his desire to serve and protect our country!