PHOENIX (June 18, 2013)—U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, is thanking a Republican colleague from Arizona and a House staffer who’s also a doctor, for stepping in to help after he began choking on a piece of popcorn.
The five-term congressman, who’s a native of Temple, was eating dinner last Thursday at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington when he began choking.
U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz. was eating nearby and he and another bystander jumped into action and began performing the Heimlich maneuver to clear Poe's airway.
Poe’s spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said the two were unsuccessful and called for a doctor and that’s when GOP House staffer Dr. Nick Muzin jumped in.
As Salmon kept trying to dislodge the popcorn with strong slaps to the back, Muzin performed the Heimlich maneuver again and was successful.