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Nassau County executive's aide helped choking man, deputy says

Rob Walker, Chief Deputy County Executive for Nassau

Rob Walker, Chief Deputy County Executive for Nassau County, stands inside the ceremonial chamber at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Credit: Steve Pfost

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's hard-charging chief deputy, Rob Walker, may be a lifesaver, according to Deputy County Executive Ed Ward.

Ward said Walker and he recently lunched late at Arturo's Italian restaurant in Floral Park, where an elderly man at the next table began choking. While others froze, Walker "went over like a football player and tackled him," giving him the Heimlich maneuver.

The man coughed up some pasta and began breathing. Walker "moved so fast you got to give him credit for it," Ward said. "I told him no one would believe that you saved the guy without asking for a contribution or even his vote."

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