Father of Nationals pitcher Joe Ross jumps into action to help save choking woman

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The father of Washington Nationals pitcher Joe Ross was hailed a hero on Saturday.

Willie Ross was watching his son Joe and the Nationals at AT&T Park in San Francisco when he jumped into action to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a choking fan. Ross was able to dislodge the hot dog bits to clear the woman’s passageway.

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Ross was watching a game in the lower box when he noticed the woman choking. The pediatrician at Stanford Hospital was able to put his training to good use.

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“I saw her having some difficulties and I saw her companion helping her out. I was watching, making sure she was OK,” he said. “She gestured like she was OK and I went over just to check and she couldn’t talk. She needed some help. I don’t think a lot of people knew what was going on because they were focused on the game.”

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Ross used three thrusts to dislodge the hot dog. Police and paramedics would eventually come to check on the woman.

“I’ve seen a lot. In the grand scheme of things, this was low on the totem pole. She was thankful, she was grateful, but she was also a little embarrassed because she is a nurse. She’s used to giving, not receiving,” he said.

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Ross had previously played the role of hero before. He used his medical training in the Bay Area to help a woman who was having a stroke. He alerted her family to call 911.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.