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Good Samaritan saves choking boy’s life by doing the Heimlich maneuver at Wisconsin restaurant 


Good Samaritan saves teenage boy’s life with Heimlich maneuver after he choked on a chicken sandwich at Wisconsin restaurant

  • Joseph Reinhart, a cook at a Wisconsin restaurant, saved a teenage server from choking in August 
  • In a newly released video, Reinhart can be seen performing the Heimlich on an unidentified teen server who was choking on a chicken sandwich 
  • After about 25 seconds, Reinhart managed to dislodge the sandwich from the boy’s throat, who later collapsed in distress and appeared to cry 
  • The teen is reportedly fine and eating chicken sandwiches again  


A cook saved a choking teenager’s life by performing the Heimlich to dislodge a chicken sandwich from his throat at a Wisconsin restaurant. 

Joseph Reinhart was walking around the kitchen with a pitcher of liquid when a teenage server began choking on a large piece of a chicken sandwich at an unidentified restaurant in a video released Tuesday. The event happened in August.  

The unidentified teen began furiously shaking his head and gesturing to his throat as Reinhart, dressed in yellow, immediately put down the pitcher and spun the boy around to begin the Heimlich. 

Within a few thrusts, Reinhart managed to dislodge some of the sandwich from the boy’s throat, but not all of it. 

Joseph Reinhart (pictured in yellow) immediately started to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the teen. Within a few thrusts, he was able to dislodge a part of the sandwich from the boy’s throat 

Newly released footage shows an unidentified teen server being saved by a cook at a Wisconsin restaurant after he choked on a chicken sandwich in August

Newly released footage shows an unidentified teen server being saved by a cook at a Wisconsin restaurant after he choked on a chicken sandwich in August 

He slapped the boy's back a few times to make sure it was all out, but the boy later shook his head, gesturing that some of the sandwich was still blocking his airways. Roughly 20 seconds later, Reinhart managed to get the rest of it dislodged

He slapped the boy’s back a few times to make sure it was all out, but the boy later shook his head, gesturing that some of the sandwich was still blocking his airways. Roughly 20 seconds later, Reinhart managed to get the rest of it dislodged 

He gave a few hard slaps to the boy’s back, but the boy continued to shake his head to indicate it wasn’t all out. 

As the boy continues to choke, Reinhart becomes more forceful, applying more pressure to the boy’s abdomen and lifting him off his feet to get better leverage.   

The boy’s mother, who also works at the restaurant, becomes more and more distressed as her son chokes. The security system did not pick up sound. 

Afterward, the boy collapsed on the floor in distress, covering his face with his arm and hugging his knees (pictured) while Reinhart offered him comforting words

Afterward, the boy collapsed on the floor in distress, covering his face with his arm and hugging his knees (pictured) while Reinhart offered him comforting words 

The boy's mother (pictured center) appeared to be screaming throughout the event as she helplessly watched her son choke. Another server (left) was seen calling 911 and nervously shook her hand while talking to the police

The boy’s mother (pictured center) appeared to be screaming throughout the event as she helplessly watched her son choke. Another server (left) was seen calling 911 and nervously shook her hand while talking to the police 

Another server can be seen calling 911 near the fridge and shakes her hand nervously as she talks on the phone. 

Reinhart eventually manages to dislodge the rest of the chicken sandwich around 20 seconds after the first chunk. 

He gives the boy’s back a few more pats to ensure his airways are clear before rubbing the clearly distressed boy’s back and gives him words of encouragement. 

The teen eventually collapses on the floor, as he appears to become emotional following the distressing ordeal. 

The boy covers his face with his arm and hugs his knees. The video cuts off with Reinhart cradling the boy and appears to be saying comforting words to him. 

The boy is reportedly doing fine and is eating chicken sandwiches again, Viral Hog reported. 

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