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Clint Eastwood saves choking man

AFP-JIJI

Actor Clint Eastwood has become a real-life hero by swooping to rescue a choking guest at a California reception.

“Clint saved my life,” Steve John told the local newspaper in Carmel-by-the-Sea, the town where Eastwood served as mayor in the 1980s.

During a reception Wednesday for a golf tournament in Carmel, John got a piece of cheese stuck in his windpipe. “It was as bad as it could have been,” recalled the director of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in California. “Clint came up behind me, and he knew exactly what to do.”

The actor said he saw in John “that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes.” He moved behind John to perform the Heimlich maneuver. “I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out,” he recalled. “And then I made him drink a big glass of water with a bunch of lemon squeezed in it.”

Eastwood said he had never performed the Heimlich maneuver in real life before.