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Deputy honored for saving choking woman on Mother's day

(Source: Brenda Robbins) (Source: Brenda Robbins)

A Mid-South woman may have choked to death on Mother's Day if not for an off-duty Shelby County Sheriff's deputy who was eating nearby.

He was finally honored this week for his heroism.

"What could be worse than dying on Mother's Day in front of your two children?" Brenda Robbins asked.

Robbins' final meal nearly happened at Logan's Roadhouse on Winchester Road.

"Something went down the wrong way," Robbins recalled.

Specifically, it was a zucchini fry that was part of a Mother's Day lunch.

“My ears starting roaring, I couldn't see, and my throat was closed, completely closed," Robbins said.

Her frantic son got the attention of another diner sitting nearby.

"He was upset because he didn't know exactly what to do, so I just walked over and did what I was trained to do," Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy Wesley Parks said.

Parks happened to be the diner who stepped in to help.

"I used the Heimlich maneuver and pelvic thrust and cleared her airways," Parks said.

“I'd be dead; I would definitely be dead," Robbins added.

Robbins was there this week as Parks received two awards for saving her life, including the Sheriff's Office Medal of Valor.

"I don't feel like I'm a hero, I just feel like I did exactly what I needed to do to make sure she was safe," Parks said.

It’s something for which Robbins will be forever grateful.

"Oh my goodness, so thankful I'm sitting here right now,” Robbins said.  “You know, if not for him, I wouldn't be."

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