Plumber saves choking man in Abbotsford

Josh Gray arrived at his first call of the day when a frantic woman asked for his help.

  • Apr. 26, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Josh Gray had no idea when he went to work two weeks ago that he would become one man’s lifeline.

Gray, a plumbing technician with Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Fraser Valley, arrived at his first call of the day.

When he pulled up to the driveway in Abbotsford, a frantic woman ran out of the house, yelling, “Hurry! He’s choking and I can’t lift him! Can you help?”

Gray hurried into the house to see a man who was indeed choking and already showing visible signs of oxygen deprivation. Acting quickly, he ran to the man, performed the Heimlich maneuver, dislodged the morsel and saved the man’s life.

“If Josh had not arrived at that moment and been able to help this gentleman, who knows what the outcome would have been,” said Dustin VanDiermen, owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Fraser Valley. “It is a sobering reminder of how important it is to know first aid. We are very proud of Josh and feel his dedication to going to the extra mile for a customer was definitely proven on this house call.”

Gray, a plumbing technician with Mr. Rooter Plumbing for 10 years, is humble about the experience and declined to be interviewed.

 

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