KANSAS CITY, Mo. ~ On Wednesday night, Todd Covington, an off-duty Battalion Chief from the Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD), once again demonstrated his commitment to saving lives at a Washington Nationals game. Covington had been in Washington D.C. to receive the Ready Communities National Service Award for his heroic actions during the Mendon, Missouri Amtrak train derailment last year.

When cries for help were heard from the crowd, Covington, who serves at Kansas City International (KCI) and in downtown Kansas City as part of the aircraft rescue and firefighting division, quickly assessed the situation and performed the Heimlich maneuver on a man who was choking. Within 20 seconds, he successfully dislodged the object.

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Describing the incident, Covington said "I just bent him over, gave him a couple back blows" pointing to the prevalence of choking incidents among adults when they are distracted. KCFD Interim Fire Chief Ross Grundyson praised Covington's swift and efficient response saying "Public servants like us don't clock out. We do what needs to be done no matter the circumstances".

Covington modestly brushed off all praise for his actions saying "We're just chalking another one up for the good guys". His selfless act is yet another example of how public servants are always ready to serve their communities no matter where they are or what time it is.

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