Clint Eastwood Saves Pal With Heimlich

Director of golf tournament was choking at dinner

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2014 2:43 PM CST

(Newser) – Clint Eastwood played the hero in Pebble Beach, Calif., this week with timely use of the Heimlich maneuver, reports the Carmel Pine Cone. At a dinner to honor volunteers working the annual pro-am golf tournament there, tournament director Steve John began choking on a piece of cheese. “I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out,” the 83-year-old Eastwood tells the newspaper. “The look on Steve’s face was different than when somebody is just coughing or joking around."

John confirms he was in genuine trouble and credits Eastwood with saving his life. “I don’t know how a guy that age picked up a guy my size, but he did,” he tells the San Francisco Chronicle. John, who weighs about 200 pounds, said Eastwood helped again afterward by suggesting he put lemon in his water. "He knew the acid helps," said John. "I’ve got a lucky angel, man.”

Steve John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and tournament director of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament, poses beneath a photograph of Clint Eastwood Friday.
Steve John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and tournament director of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament, poses beneath a photograph of Clint Eastwood Friday.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Clint Eastwood in 2012.
Clint Eastwood in 2012.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)
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