SeMo Lawmaker Performs Heroics in Capitol Office

February 12, 2004 - Posted at 7:19 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A state lawmaker quietly turned into something of a hero at his office in the Capitol.

A lobbyist for the Missouri State Teachers Association, Mike Wood, was in the reception room of Senator Bill Foster's office yesterday, chatting with aides to the Poplar Bluff Republican.

Assistant Irene Murray says Wood said, "Jelly beans are my favorite food group," and then popped one in his mouth.

He started to choke, doubled over and began gasping.  No one in the office knew what to do.

Then Foster came out, grabbed the lobbyist and performed the Heimlich maneuver.

Wood swallowed the jelly bean and could breathe again.

Wood acknowledged the senator's good work, saying Foster "certainly was there for me when I needed him."

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