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Former medic saved by Heimlich Maneuver at Third & Main Sunday

Sunman mom's life saved at Aurora restaurant last night

(AURORA, Ind.) – Taylor Anne Knueven was celebrating a friend's birthday at Third & Main restaurant in Aurora when the unexpected happened last night. 


They were eating dinner when all of a sudden a crouton from her salad became lodged in her throat. 


“I took a drink of water but that didn’t help. Everyone at my table noticed something was going on, they were asking if I was okay, but I couldn’t get it out,” Knueven recalled. 


The 31-year-old Sunman mother stood up from her seat hoping to get assistance from anyone in the restaurant. 


Out of nowhere, a man and woman rushed over to Taylor Anne’s table. 


The man introduced himself as a respiratory therapist and said he could perform the Heimlich Maneuver. The woman said she was a nurse practitioner and gave advice on how Taylor Anne should position her body. 


“After about five to six abdominal thrusts it eventually came up, food went everywhere, and it was quite the scene,” Taylor Anne recalled. 


It was an immediate adrenaline rush for Knueven knowing two Good Samaritans just saved her life. 


“I was thanking them and crying, I wanted to pay their bill or do something, but they had already paid and I wasn’t thinking straight yet,” she recalled. 


Knueven didn’t get their names or where they work but wants to thank them. She hopes this story reaches the two Good Samaritans so she can appropriately show her appreciation. 


Taylor Anne recognizes how ironic it was that she became the person who needed her life saved. 


She is a veteran of the U.S. Army where she served as Medic and medical instructor for a decade.


To add to the irony, Taylor Anne also owns the mobile coffee business called Doc’s Coffee which has the motto of ‘Stay Alert, Stay Alive.’


“It was bred into me in the military that things can happen at any moment. A lot of the training we used to go over would focus on people freezing up in unexpected circumstances,” she said. “To see how calm they were the entire time, I was very impressed. My friends and I were just frozen in the moment.” 


Knueven is crediting the two Good Samaritans for remembering their training and stepping up when every second mattered. 


“I don’t know where they work or even their names, but they were so prepared, even off-duty, to step up and do exactly what needed to be done,” Taylor Anne added. 


If you happen to be one of the Good Samaritans, you can reach Taylor Anne by clicking here and sending a message 

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