NC restaurant owner saves life of choking 93-year-old customer

NC restaurant owner saves life of choking 93-year-old customer
Joseph Saunders Leggett, 93, started choking at Shaw's Barbecue House when the owner sprang to action. (Source: WITN)

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WITN) - An elderly patron of a Williamston barbecue restaurant is recovering after he was saved from choking this week.

Joseph Saunders Leggett, 93, is a regular who comes to Shaw’s Barbecue House often, ordering the same plate of barbecue chicken, string beans, sweet potatoes and hush puppies, according to owner Gary Manning. But around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Leggett started choking and was leaning over the table.

“I threw the table out of the way, picked him up and squeezed him and [performed the Heimlich maneuver],” Manning said.

The patron’s son, Mack S. Leggett, said his dad lives alone in his home.

Manning said Leggett, who served in the military, would talk about his late wife and enjoyed having conversations with him daily.

“He truly misses his wife a lot,” Manning said. “So that’s why I like to talk to him, because he’s a pleasure to talk to.”

After Manning’s quick actions, Leggett started to talk and was taken to the emergency room. He is now at home resting and doing fine, Manning said.

Leggett’s son Mack thanked the employees and Manning for saving his dad’s life.

“Thank you for a job well done!!” Leggett said.

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