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Clint Eastwood saves life of choking golf tournament CEO

The 83-year-old actor/director performed the Heimlich maneuver on the tournament director at a volunteer dinner after choking on a piece of cheese

Contra Costa Times

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Clint Eastwood made the day of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am executive Steve John on Wednesday night. He may have saved his life in the process.

The 83-year-old actor/director performed the Heimlich maneuver on the tournament director at a volunteer dinner, the Carmel Pine Cone initially reported Thursday.

“A piece of cheese went in my mouth, and suddenly I couldn’t breathe,” John told the newspaper. “It was as bad as it could have been. But Clint came up behind me and he knew exactly what to do. He did the Heimlich maneuver and he lifted me right off the ground.”

Eastwood, the former mayor of Carmel and a part owner of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, had only practiced the Heimlich in the past.

“I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out,” Eastwood said. “The look on Steve’s face was different than when somebody is just coughing or joking around. I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their very eyes. It looked bad.”

John, 50, is a longtime area businessman and golf enthusiast who was named CEO of the Monterey Golf Foundation in 2011. Among his myriad duties, he oversees the PGA Tour event that’s taking place this week in Pebble Beach.

As part of the ownership group, Eastwood helped select John to his current post. Now John is even more indebted to him.

“Clint saved my life,” John said. “He’s strong. The cheese popped out, and I was fine.”

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Daniel Katzenstein Daniel Katzenstein Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:05:03 PM Somebody is feeling lucky
Zach Smith Zach Smith Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:29:37 AM Well done
David Harmon David Harmon Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:41:31 AM The guy was thinking go ahead, make my day! And Clint came to the rescue!
Michael Elvin Michael Elvin Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:05:29 PM Well he was lucky!

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