BAKERSFIELD, California (KGET) -- A Bakersfield, California doctor is being hailed a hero. Witnesses say Dr. Royce Johnson saved the life of a former Kern County supervisor. He performed an emergency tracheotomy on Pauline Larwood after she choked on a piece of steak.
It was a room full of Kern County's top officials. Congressman Kevin McCarthy organized a dinner, following the first day of the Valley Fever symposium. But the dinner was cut short, minutes after the meal was served.
"It was a great evening," said State Senator Jean Fuller.
But, at about 8:45 p.m. Monday, the mood changed at the Mark Restaurant in downtown Bakersfield.
"I was sitting at a table of six, and all of a sudden Rick Grove jumped up and asked Pauline Larwood if he could give her the Heimlich Maneuver," said Senator Fuller.
Witnesses say Larwood, a former Kern County supervisor, was choking on her piece of steak, specifically a fillet mignon.