MLB fan at Nationals-Padres game uses Heimlich to save choking man

Todd Covington was at Nationals Park on Wednesday, taking in an early evening game against the San Diego Padres when he sprung into action to save a life.

According to Washington’s 106.7 The Fan, whose reporter Grant Paulsen witnessed the incident, fans in Section 113 suddenly stopped watching the game and called for help because a man was choking. A man, later identified as Covington, a firefighter and nurse from Kansas City, hopped two rows to the choking fan to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

According to 106.7 The Fan, the maneuver was used for about 20 seconds in addition to banging on the choking fan’s back before the obstructing object was ejected. Fans in the section cheered and Covington got a big hug from the choking fan.