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DeRiggi-Whitton Performs Heimlich Maneuver, Saves Life

Glen Cove Council Woman Delia DeRiggi-Whitton saved the life of a choking Wells Fargo employee on Tuesday.

Glen Cove Councilwoman saved the life of a Greenvale Wells Fargo employee on Tuesday.

DeReggi Whitton – who recently began her bid for Nassau Legislature on the Democratic ticket – performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a male employee at the Wells Fargo on Northern Boulevard after noticing the man was choking on a pretzel.

DeRiggi-Whitton said she first noticed the man, who declined to give his name,  slouched over his computer and then noticed the bag of pretzels.

“His airway was completely blocked,” she said. “He was not breathing at all.”

DeRiggi-Whitton said that she had to perform the maneuver twice on the man: "The first time, it didn't work. There was no breath. He was completely limp," she said. "The second time, he made a hiccup sound and started to cough."

While witnesses at the bank called an ambulance, it took responders approximately 10 minutes to arrive to at the scene, DeRiggi-Whitton said.

DeRiggi-Whitton said there is one message she hopes residents take away from Tuesday’s incident: the importance of learning lifesaving maneuvers.

“I took a CPR course when I worked at , and this is the second time I had to use it,” she said. “So that’s the message. I was lucky. The course was like an hour, and in n my regular day to day life, I’ve used it on two different occasions.”

The male employee was transported to a local hosptial.

Amy Franklin June 02, 2011 at 05:16 PM
and my daughter was the first......Thanks Delia.......I can still never thank you enough!!!!
Delia DeRiggi-Whitton June 03, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Amy - This brought back so many memories of that day. I thank God that both times everything worked and that everyone was okay. Give your daughter a hug from me!
Gabe Cocchiola June 03, 2011 at 11:20 AM
A very good person doing a very good thing....God Bless , Delia
Scott Genova June 07, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Dear Delia, Your quick response and decision to act accordingly is commendable. You saved a man's life with your quick response, and the feeling of elation associated with "saving another human being" is indescribable. God bless you, your family and the man you saved! Have a safe summer & see you soon. Always, Scott Genova (Karen, Joseph & Matthew)

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