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Groom runs away in the middle of his wedding dinner; when the bride realizes what's going on she can't believe it

Posted June 11

Cody Campbell and Kelly Yocca were getting married in September 2015, in the midst of celebrating, Campbell's mom started yelling in the middle of his dad's best man speech.

There was an emergency

Campbell’s mom and all the guests were seized with panic when they realized one of their guests was choking on a piece of steak. Campbell got up, bolted over to the woman to administer the Heimlich maneuver.

It was nothing out of the ordinary for Campbell

Campbell is a firefighter, so he knew exactly what to do when this emergency struck. Minutes before this almost-tragedy occurred, a wedding guest was giving a speech and said, “If I’m ever in a position where I need a fireman to help me, I hope it’s you or someone like you.”

Thanks to Campbell’s quick action, he rescued the woman and became a hero. He told Inside Edition, “She actually ended up finishing the steak, believe it or not. I saw her on the dance floor and she said, ‘you saved my life.’”

A happy ending

The wedding festivities resumed, and everything was back to normal for the rest of the night. Campbell's quick thinking and heroic actions saved his wedding day from tragedy.

How you can save a life

Unfortunately, choking is a common occurrence, especially in elderly people like the woman at the wedding. The Heimlich maneuver is a skill everyone should know, because it can be the pivot point between life and death.

What to do when someone’s choking:

Kelly Yocca was thrilled to see her new husband doing what he does best: saving lives. She said in an interview with ABC, “Some people in the back who really couldn’t see this far ahead thought it might have been staged [because they reacted so calmly].” She also said, “Saving someone’s life right in front of me on my wedding day and right in front of his dad is something we’ll have forever, it’s so special.”

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