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Governor's son helps man choking in Pierre restaurant

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The son of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he doesn't think of himself a hero but he was glad he could help a diner in distress.

Chris Daugaard is being credited with saving the life of a man who choked on food in a Pierre restaurant.

KSFY News talked with Daugaard Monday.  He says he was eating lunch at La Minestra in Pierre Friday with a group.  Daugaard says there was a commotion.  They looked around and saw a man standing up, clearly choking.

Two women attempted to help the man before Chris Daugaard stepped in.  He was able to successfully clear the man's throat using the Heimlich Maneuver.  Daugaard says he's never had any formal training.

Daugaard and his party left soon after but he says the man seemed to be doing well and sat down to resume his meal.

"I was just lucky that I was there and could help," Daugaard said.


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