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Clint Eastwood turns real-life rescuer and life saver

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Story by Jack Foley

HOLLYWOOD veteran Clint Eastwood still has plenty of life in him… even at 83.

Already a tireless filmmaker, who has the musical adaptation of Jersey Boys as well as true life thriller American Sniper in the works, the actor-director has now emerged as a real-life hero by saving the life of a fellow golfing tourist.

The incident, first reported in the Carmel Pine Cone on Friday (February 7, 2014), took place during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at a function for tournament volunteers at the Monterey Conference Center in California two days earlier.

Eastwood was said to have noticed “a look of panic” on the face of tournament official Steve John as he tried to swallow a piece of cheese and immediately swooped in to perform the Heimlich maneuvre to prevent the man from choking.

He is quoted: “I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes. It looked bad. The look on Steve’s face was different than when somebody is just coughing or joking around.

“I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out. And then I made him drink a big glass of water with a bunch of lemon squeezed in it.”

Eastwood went on to admit that it was the first time he had used the Heimlich maneuvre. But the person he assisted, Mr John, is in no doubt his life was in Dirty Harry’s hands.

He is quoted as saying: “A piece of cheese went in my mouth, and suddenly I couldn’t breathe. It was as bad as it could have been. Clint came up behind me and he knew exactly what to do. He lifted me right off the ground. He’s strong! The cheese popped out, and I was fine. Clint saved my life.”

Eastwood has a long-standing association with the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, having once competed there as an amateur. He now performs an official role at the tournament as chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and will present the trophy to the winner on Sunday.

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