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Oregon football (and Eagle Scout) player performs Heimlich on man at "Beef Bowl"

From Los Angeles Times, 12/28/2011:
The real Rose Bowl excitement may have happened well before kickoff on Monday. At the annual Beef Bowl at Lawry's in Beverly Hills - a pregame tradition - Oregon tackle Mark Asper put his size and strength to the test by performing the Heimlich maneuver on a man choking during dinner.

Asper told the Los Angeles Times that he noticed a commotion at a table near his where a man, the father of an Oregon student, gave the "universal 'Help me, I'm choking' signal.'"

A restaurant chef apparently attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver but was unsuccessful. That's when the 6-foot-7, 325-pound Asper stepped in.

"I stood up and patted [the chef] on the back and said, 'If you don't know what you're doing, I do, because I'm an Eagle Scout,' " Asper said. "So I whipped in there."

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Covina Boy Scouts to Receive Merit Award for Heroism

From San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 9/28/2011:
Boy Scouts Kaulin Garcia and Joseph Eggers were middle-schoolers when they inadvertently became heroes by saving their friends' lives two years ago.

Taking the skills they learned from Boy Scouts Troop 448, Garcia, of San Dimas, and Eggers, of Covina, each used the Heimlich maneuver to each save their peers from choking to death when no one else could.

Now their efforts are being recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in Boy Scouting. The Covina City Council and San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America will award the pair the BSA National Meritorious Action Award. The ceremony will begin at 7p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers, 125 E. College St.

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Thousand Oaks Brothers Get Boy Scouts Hero Award for Saving Sister

From Ventura County Star, 9/20/2011:
Mary Lueck was in a hurry to get to her friend's house. As she scurried across the floor of her Thousand Oaks home, the 9-year-old spilled a glass of water. Her brother Jack heard her scream as she slipped and fell.

"I was sitting at the computer in the dining room," said Jack, now 16. "I didn't think too much of it. I just went in there, and I saw a few drops of blood, but nothing big at first."

It was Oct. 1, and Mary had slid into a ceramic bowl being used as a dish for Murphy, the family's Labradoodle. A shard of the bowl cut a 6-inch gash in her leg that went down through muscle to bone.

"When I looked over her shoulder, I saw a pool of blood," Jack Lueck said. "I knew it was bad."

Jack Lueck called his younger brother, Aidan, 14. The boys belong to Boy Scouts Troop 761, based at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks. Jack is working on his Eagle badge, and Aidan is a Star Scout.

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