Coastguardsman Rescues Choking Patron
My mother use to say, don’t laugh at the dinner table or you’ll be crying before bed. Joseph Pedano laughed at the dinner table at Lucky Bones last night. He almost died. Thanks to quick thinking, a Cape May Coastguardsman rescued Pedano.
“I just inhaled the scallop during like a cough or a laugh,” Pedano told me. The next minute or two he felt his life flash before his eyes. Josh was a party of six for dinner, which included his mom, fiancee and other family members.
Luckily in Lucky Bones at a nearby table, sat Scott Johnson. Johnson, a Coast Guard member attached to the small boat station in Cape May was eating dinner with his wife. Scott’s duties include search and rescue operations on the water.
“We were a couple of tables over and heard a commotion, Johnson said. “At first I thought the guy was having a seizure, till I saw a woman wrap her arms around Pedano.” “He had something lodged in his throat and was losing consciousness. The woman tried two compressions, to no avail. I saw her give him one compression and immediately sprinted over and said let me try.”
Let Me Try
Pedano and Johnson were more matched in size. “I gave him one good Heimlich compression and the scallop came out on the table,” Scott Johnson said. The Heimlich maneuver is a first-aid procedure for dislodging an obstruction from a person’s windpipe in which a sudden strong pressure is applied on the abdomen, between the naval and the rib cage.
It’s unclear if that training was provided as part of Johnson’s training in the Coast Guard.
In an emotional Facebook post Joseph Pedano expressed gratitude for the Cape May coastguardsman who rescued him. “You made sure 2 young daughters still get to be with their father,” Pedano wrote.
“You prevented a mother from getting an ominous phone call that would impact the rest of her life. Today you put your training to action in a real life scenario and it paid off,” he continued. “It was not your responsibility to do so, and yet you made it your own. I can’t possibly thank you enough.”
Scott Johnson said, “they were very thankful and his family were so loving I got so many hugs and thank you and he bought my dinner for me.”
“I was just doing what was right,” Johnson said.