By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
A DEP Police Officer and a local caregiver came together last week to save the life of a Highmount woman who was choking on her food in an area restaurant.
Mabel West, 85, was enjoying a meal at the Crazy River Café in Margaretville when a piece of her sandwich became lodged in her throat. “I knew I was in trouble,” West said, recounting the incident this week. “But I was trying to be polite and ladylike and take care of it myself.”
GRATEFUL— Highmount resident Mabel West is flanked by Karen Barton and Bruce Mateer this week during a get-together at the Crazy River Cafe & Deli on Route 28, Margaretville. The patrons assisted Mrs. West last week after a piece of food became lodged in her throat. Mr. Mateer performed the Heimlich Maneuver to free the obstruction.
— Photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer