Firefighter saves woman from choking at Strawbury Duck

The Bolton News: Fireman Stacey Jefferies Fireman Stacey Jefferies

A RESTAURANT diner was saved from choking — by an off-duty firefighter sitting at the next table.

Stacey Jefferies, aged 42, who has been a firefighter for 21 years, was having lunch with friends and family at the Strawbury Duck, in Overshores Road, Turton, on January 2, when the woman began to choke.

Mr Jefferies, who is based at Bolton North fire station, went to her aid and, using his training, started to slap the woman on the back.

Realising this technique was not working, he began to implement the Heimlich manoeuvre — a technique of abdominal thrusts — which after three attempts cleared the woman’s airways.

The father-of-two, from Bradshaw, said: “I saw her stand up and she was in distress. She was choking and instinct took over.

“After the back slaps didn’t work, I moved her in front of me and did the thrusts. Thankfully she started breathing again.

“I just did what any other firefighter would do in that position, on or off duty.”

He added: “Not everyone knows we have specialist training every week in things like basic life-support, heart starts and what to do if someone is choking.

“It has really given me the knowledge and confidence of what to do in those situations.”

The woman thanked Mr Jefferies and later went to the station to thank him again.

Lauren Mason, aged 23, manager at the Strawbury Duck, said: “It was absolutely amazing. He just jumped up and started helping her. It was a split-second reaction from him and everyone was just standing watching in amazement.

“Stacey is a regular and I’m sure he will be offered a free pint the next time he comes in.”

A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed that firefighters across Bolton are trained teachers of the British Heart Foundation’s HeartStart, which teaches life-saving CPR and also includes instructions on what to do if someone is choking.

The spokesman added: “It means firefighters can deliver the training to schools and community groups.

For details of a HeartStart course email bolton& wigan@manchesterfire.gov.uk.

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8:18am Tue 14 Jan 14

The Wasp says...

Excellent, well done Stacie. Good outcome.
Excellent, well done Stacie. Good outcome. The Wasp
  • Score: 21

9:22am Tue 14 Jan 14

jus' visitin says...

Well done to you Sir. A hero/
Well done to you Sir. A hero/ jus' visitin
  • Score: 19

10:17am Tue 14 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...
It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck... Comment777
  • Score: -10

12:42pm Tue 14 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Well done...

But could he do it aged 60?
Well done... But could he do it aged 60? atlas123
  • Score: -3

1:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Hough64 says...

Comment777 wrote:
It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...
And the relevance to this story is what exactly?
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...[/p][/quote]And the relevance to this story is what exactly? Hough64
  • Score: 4

1:32pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Count de Monet says...

Well done Stacey!
Well done Stacey! Count de Monet
  • Score: 7

1:50pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Donkey Stone says...

atlas123 wrote:
Well done...

But could he do it aged 60?
yes.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: Well done... But could he do it aged 60?[/p][/quote]yes. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 5

3:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Robert2012 says...

Not sure who will perform a life saving procedure on stacey when he gets knocked down. Due to him consistently running into oncoming traffic around the Harwood and Bradshaw area with blatant disregard for any other road user.

fair play on the saving the womans life though
Not sure who will perform a life saving procedure on stacey when he gets knocked down. Due to him consistently running into oncoming traffic around the Harwood and Bradshaw area with blatant disregard for any other road user. fair play on the saving the womans life though Robert2012
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Tue 14 Jan 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Well done, Mr Jefferies. However, would he agree that the Heimlich manoeuvre is something that we all should be both conversant and confident with?! I'm sure that the lady involved realises just how unspeakably fortunate she was to have this fellow sat at the next table at that particular moment.
Well done, Mr Jefferies. However, would he agree that the Heimlich manoeuvre is something that we all should be both conversant and confident with?! I'm sure that the lady involved realises just how unspeakably fortunate she was to have this fellow sat at the next table at that particular moment. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 3

5:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Comment777 wrote:
It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...
Well done, top bloke!
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...[/p][/quote]Well done, top bloke! wsw69
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Comment777 wrote:
It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...
You really are a tool and a first grade p r 1 * k with ears.
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...[/p][/quote]You really are a tool and a first grade p r 1 * k with ears. wsw69
  • Score: 14

5:22pm Tue 14 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

wsw69 wrote:
Comment777 wrote:
It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...
Well done, top bloke!
My top bloke comment is referring to the firefighter, not the comment from the resident oaf Comment777. How this quote ended up in this post I have no idea, lol
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...[/p][/quote]Well done, top bloke![/p][/quote]My top bloke comment is referring to the firefighter, not the comment from the resident oaf Comment777. How this quote ended up in this post I have no idea, lol wsw69
  • Score: 3

7:47pm Tue 14 Jan 14

degsoflittlelever says...

p155 poor spelling of strawberry, if you need a proof reader please call
p155 poor spelling of strawberry, if you need a proof reader please call degsoflittlelever
  • Score: -14

7:48pm Tue 14 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

degsoflittlelever wrote:
p155 poor spelling of strawberry, if you need a proof reader please call
That IS the correct spelling
[quote][p][bold]degsoflittlelever[/bold] wrote: p155 poor spelling of strawberry, if you need a proof reader please call[/p][/quote]That IS the correct spelling wsw69
  • Score: 9

7:50pm Tue 14 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

It has ALWAYS been spelled that way. So check your facts before you start a proof reading career ;-)
It has ALWAYS been spelled that way. So check your facts before you start a proof reading career ;-) wsw69
  • Score: 5

8:07pm Tue 14 Jan 14

macauley says...

Hough64 wrote:
Comment777 wrote:
It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...
And the relevance to this story is what exactly?
come on hough get a grip.
[quote][p][bold]Hough64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...[/p][/quote]And the relevance to this story is what exactly?[/p][/quote]come on hough get a grip. macauley
  • Score: 0

11:43am Wed 15 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

wsw69 wrote:
Comment777 wrote:
It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...
You really are a tool and a first grade p r 1 * k with ears.
No ears, been deaf since birth...
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...[/p][/quote]You really are a tool and a first grade p r 1 * k with ears.[/p][/quote]No ears, been deaf since birth... Comment777
  • Score: 0

12:04pm Wed 15 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Robert2012 wrote:
Not sure who will perform a life saving procedure on stacey when he gets knocked down. Due to him consistently running into oncoming traffic around the Harwood and Bradshaw area with blatant disregard for any other road user.

fair play on the saving the womans life though
Is he the chap that is usually dressed all in black? Or is that another halfwit that runs in the road parallel to the pavement?

You are supposed to run facing oncoming traffic on roads with no pavement, but not on those with a pavement.
[quote][p][bold]Robert2012[/bold] wrote: Not sure who will perform a life saving procedure on stacey when he gets knocked down. Due to him consistently running into oncoming traffic around the Harwood and Bradshaw area with blatant disregard for any other road user. fair play on the saving the womans life though[/p][/quote]Is he the chap that is usually dressed all in black? Or is that another halfwit that runs in the road parallel to the pavement? You are supposed to run facing oncoming traffic on roads with no pavement, but not on those with a pavement. atlas123
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Hough64 says...

Comment777 wrote:
wsw69 wrote:
Comment777 wrote: It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...
You really are a tool and a first grade p r 1 * k with ears.
No ears, been deaf since birth...
You were born without ears?
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: It has not been the same since Barry and his brother left the Duck...[/p][/quote]You really are a tool and a first grade p r 1 * k with ears.[/p][/quote]No ears, been deaf since birth...[/p][/quote]You were born without ears? Hough64
  • Score: 2

9:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

JimmyJamesBB says...

atlas123 wrote:
Robert2012 wrote:
Not sure who will perform a life saving procedure on stacey when he gets knocked down. Due to him consistently running into oncoming traffic around the Harwood and Bradshaw area with blatant disregard for any other road user.

fair play on the saving the womans life though
Is he the chap that is usually dressed all in black? Or is that another halfwit that runs in the road parallel to the pavement?

You are supposed to run facing oncoming traffic on roads with no pavement, but not on those with a pavement.
Think he looks like the picture but a little thinner hair line in real life and a few more wrinkles.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert2012[/bold] wrote: Not sure who will perform a life saving procedure on stacey when he gets knocked down. Due to him consistently running into oncoming traffic around the Harwood and Bradshaw area with blatant disregard for any other road user. fair play on the saving the womans life though[/p][/quote]Is he the chap that is usually dressed all in black? Or is that another halfwit that runs in the road parallel to the pavement? You are supposed to run facing oncoming traffic on roads with no pavement, but not on those with a pavement.[/p][/quote]Think he looks like the picture but a little thinner hair line in real life and a few more wrinkles. JimmyJamesBB
  • Score: 1

8:37am Fri 17 Jan 14

Dean'FriendofMary' says...

It amazes me how someone can save a woman’s life and suddenly be open to a barrage of personal insults. Please get your facts straight Robert 2012 and others, the guy running in the road and apparently upsetting you all whilst driving through Harwood and Bradshaw, is Stacey’s brother…in black…scarily detailed descriptions…perha
ps you should focus on your driving.
It amazes me how someone can save a woman’s life and suddenly be open to a barrage of personal insults. Please get your facts straight Robert 2012 and others, the guy running in the road and apparently upsetting you all whilst driving through Harwood and Bradshaw, is Stacey’s brother…in black…scarily detailed descriptions…perha ps you should focus on your driving. Dean'FriendofMary'
  • Score: 1

1:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Dean'FriendofMary' wrote:
It amazes me how someone can save a woman’s life and suddenly be open to a barrage of personal insults. Please get your facts straight Robert 2012 and others, the guy running in the road and apparently upsetting you all whilst driving through Harwood and Bradshaw, is Stacey’s brother…in black…scarily detailed descriptions…perha

ps you should focus on your driving.
Spot-on Dean'FriendofMary'

Shows their complete lack of mentality.
[quote][p][bold]Dean'FriendofMary'[/bold] wrote: It amazes me how someone can save a woman’s life and suddenly be open to a barrage of personal insults. Please get your facts straight Robert 2012 and others, the guy running in the road and apparently upsetting you all whilst driving through Harwood and Bradshaw, is Stacey’s brother…in black…scarily detailed descriptions…perha ps you should focus on your driving.[/p][/quote]Spot-on Dean'FriendofMary' Shows their complete lack of mentality. wsw69
  • Score: 0

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