First responders are never off duty--even at their own wedding receptions.
Firefighter Cody Campbell, of Rancho Santa Margarita, in Southern California, was listening to his dad's toast when he had to spring into action.
His father, a retired firefighter himself, had just gotten through saying, "If I'm ever in a position where I need a fireman to help me, damn, I wish it's you," when one of the guests at the wedding began choking. "Oh my God, she's choking," cried several people at the table.
Campbell, who became a firefighter a year ago, ran to the woman's table. She'd slumped over her plate, and her lips had begun to turn blue, a dangerous sign. Campbell pushed the chair out of the way, and performed the Heimlich maneuver five or six times until the woman spat up the piece of meat that had gotten stuck in her windpipe.
The woman recovered, and asked the young firefighter how she could thank him. He replied, "It's just what we do."
His new wife, Kelly, said: "I'm proud of him every day, every single day for what he does."