Web Exclusive: Server saves choking man at Florida restaurant

(CNN) - A former lifeguard turned server is being hailed a hero after he jumped into action to save a choking man. It was all caught on camera.

Buffington's Bar and Grill sits in this small strip mall of shops in Ormond Beach, Florida. But inside, you'll find a hero. And we are not talking about the sandwich. 

"I'm just glad things came full circle and I was able to be the one to lend a helping hand," says Hero Waiter Dan Roberts.

The 28 year old, who is a former lifeguard, jumped into action when he noticed a diner choking. The restaurant's surveillance camera caught the entire thing.

"You can't really afford to think twice. You've got to react. I'm glad it worked out the way it did. 
We saw the gentleman choking and you just kind of got to go for it," says Roberts.

Chris and Josh Buffington couldn't be prouder of the quick work by his entire staff that day.

"All of a sudden I heard a commotion and then I saw, out of the corner of my eye I saw Dan just lifting a guy out of the chair and just giving him the Heimlich," says restaurant owner Josh Buffington. 

"You're often instructed to not to touch someone that's been injured or not to be the one to help them out," says Chris Buffington.

As for the customer? Chris Buffington asked him as he was leaving how his meal was.
He said it was good, except for that first bite.

Dan Roberts says when he's not working -- and saving lives -- he plays the drums in an Orlando-based band called, coincidentally, "Another Close Call".

 


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