Dallas mayor saves choking woman; guess where he learned the skills?

Scouts save the day all the time. Former Scouts, too.

Like last weekend when Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings saved a 63-year-old woman who was choking on her beef fajitas. Rawlings pointed to his time in Scouting and as a lifeguard when explaining where he learned the abdominal thrusts he used. 

Here’s what happened: Helen Mayer was eating at El Fenix, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Downtown Dallas, when she started gasping for air.

While other patrons sat there, Rawlings knew what to do and sprang into action. Just like you’d expect from a former Boy Scout.

Pretty cool that the mayor of the nation’s ninth-largest city gave Scouting some of the credit here. Way to go, Mayor!

Read more about this story and see a video at Scouting Newsroom.


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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.