Updated: Thursday, 16 Aug 2012, 2:26 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 16 Aug 2012, 2:25 PM EDT
Elizabeth Bassett nominated Elmar Louder to be chosen as this week's Hampton Roads Hero.
Elmar is a waiter at Brickhouse Tavern whose quick actions saved Elizabeth's life.
In her nomination letter, Elizabeth had this to say about Elmar, "I was having lunch with a couple of girls from work. I was eating pizza and swallowed some cheese and began to choke. I could not cough or speak. I was not getting any air. An employee, Elmar, came to my table and did the Heimlich maneuver. After a couple of jolts, the food dislodged and I was able to breathe again. Elmar, undoubtedly saved my life."
Click on the video player to see Elmar's reaction when he learned he was a Hampton Roads Hero.
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