Leguin and Bevins have been trained in Self-Aid Buddy Care, a basic life support training for the Air Force that Bevins says is a requirement for Airmen.
Because of his training, Bevins said he was immediately able to recognize that his co-worker had a "true obstruction." If someone has a true obstruction, they are not able to pass air in or out and that's when the the Heimlich Maneuver would need to be performed.
"Luckily I didn't have to think too much about what I was doing and the instincts just kind of took over," Bevins said.
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Dr. Kevin Geiss, director of Airman Systems Directorate presented the awards.
"I’m very proud of these two Airmen, who were quick to recognize the emergency and then worked as a team to help the choking victim,” said Geiss.