Friday, February 01, 2008
By Dave Matlow
Westport police today honored an 11-year-old who performed the Heimlich maneuver—which he learned by watching television—on his 9-year-old brother when he noticed him choking on a piece of peppermint candy at a Westport store last summer.
Michael Smallwood, 11, showed off his commendation today at Westport police headquarters with his brother, Jack, 9, and parents Jeffrey and Shelly. Police Chief Al Fiore presented the certificate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Police Chief Al Fiore presented a civilian commendation certificate to Michael Smallwood of Wilton in a ceremony at Westport police headquarters.
Michael was with his brother, Jack, and mother, Shelly Smallwood, at Brandman’s Paint and Decorating on Post Road East on July 30, 2007 when they noticed that Jack was choking and could not catch his breath.
“All of a sudden the little guy was choking erratically and the big boy stepped up to the plate without any hesitation and saved his brother with the Heimlich maneuver,” said Shelly Noble of Weston, a Brandman employee of 11 years who was waiting on the Smallwoods.
Westport firefighters today aided at a tractor-trailer crash in the northbound lane near Exit 16 in Norwalk that trapped the truck’s driver and tied up traffic through the evening rush hour. The Westport units helped in the 45-minute extrication of the driver after the accident shortly before 2 p.m. The driver, a Bridgeport man, was taken to Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash sent much of the trafffic on to the Post Road, resulting in lengthy backups into the early evening in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo