New Jersey Diner Owner Saves Choking Customer With Heimlich Maneuver
When Empire Diner owner Dervis Akturk noticed that a customer was choking, he sprang into action. "All I wanted to do was save his life," Akturk tells Inside Edition.
A New Jersey man is thankful to be alive today after choking on food at his favorite diner.
Joe Moore was enjoying chicken parmesan at Empire Diner when he bit off a little bit more than he could chew.
Moore is seen in distress in surveillance video of the incident. Then, the owner, Dervis Akturk, noticed what was happening and sprang into action, performing the Heimlich maneuver, which he learned as a hospitality major in college.
Some of the patrons in the busy restaurant seemed oblivious to what was happening and continued eating.
But pretty soon, it was clear what was going on.
After multiple abdominal thrusts, the piece of chicken flew out of Moore’s mouth. A few more, and his airway was cleared.
“All I wanted to do was save his life. That's all I wanted to do. Thank God I was at the right place at the right time,” Akturk told Inside Edition.
Moore is already back eating at the diner, but for the meantime, he’ll be switching up his order.
Trending on Inside Edition
Tourists May Have Caught Gabby Petito's Van on Video as They Drove Through Wyoming's Grand Teton National ParkCrime
Video Shows Pandemonium as Storm Knocks Down Tent, Injuring Guests at Atlanta WeddingNews
Mystery as 4 Friends Found Shot to Death in Wisconsin Cornfield, Police Have Scant Leads and No MotiveCrime
Inside Edition Investigates if NYC Restaurants Are Checking if Indoor Diners Are Vaccinated as Per New RuleInvestigative
Dog the Bounty Hunter’s Daughters Say They Were Cut Out of Their Dad's Life After Mom's DeathEntertainment
Gabby Petito in Tears After Aug. 12 Fight With Boyfriend in Utah, Bodycam Video ShowsCrime