Mailman saves choking baby’s life


GREER, South Carolina (WYFF) – A frantic mother trying to save her baby from choking found help from an unlikely hero.

Stephanie Cooper said her 11-month-old son had put a plastic wrapper in his mouth Friday, and it got lodged in his throat.

“I turned around and started beating him on his back, but it wasn’t coming out,” said Cooper

Cooper said she was frantic and ran out the front door.

“I don’t even remember a whole lot of it because I just blacked out,” said Cooper.

Outside Cooper’s door was her letter carrier, Chris Brown.

“The mailman didn’t even say a word. He just grabbed my son and did the Heimlich on him and out it came,” said Cooper.

Brown said he learned how to do the Heimlich maneuver during emergency training with the post office years ago. Little Eli’s parents call Brown their hero, but it’s a title he isn’t comfortable with.

“I really don’t feel that way, because to me I would have done it for anyone or I hope someone would have done it for my children,” said Brown. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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