My friend Paul didn't know when going out to lunch that he would wind up saving a man's life.  His post on Facebook described a scary scene at a restaurant, hearing calls for help because a patron was choking and couldn't breathe.  Paul sprung into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver.  The blockage got dislodged and emergency personnel took over, crediting Paul's actions for helping save the guy!

Wow!  I was blown away by that story.  But it got me thinking about what I might do if in that situation.  I've seen demonstrations of the Heimlich.  I THINK I know what to do.  But in the stress of the moment, when every second counts, would I be able to think fast enough? Would I be strong enough?

I'm considering taking a class and practicing so I would feel prepared if ever I needed to help someone in distress.   I see the American Red Cross offers a lot of classes in Monmouth County.  http://www.redcross.org/ux/take-a-class  And here's a link to a blog post about the new Emergency Medical Training Center in Neptune.   //wobm.com/emergency-medical-training-center-opens-in-monmouth-county/?trackback=blogroll_widget-latest-news

Do you know where some good classes are offered in Ocean County?  Have you ever used the Heimlich or done CPR on someone?