Employee honored for saving man’s life

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SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. — Typically, when you hear the word “hero” you picture someone flying around in a cape. Today, a hero was recognized but she was wearing an apron.

Food City in South Williamson honored one of their own by presenting Leigh Blackburn with a cake and plaque.

While Blackburn was leaving the kitchen to grab a drink of water recently, she noticed a man choking in the cafeteria. She immediately rushed to him and performed the Heimlich maneuver . Food City employees say she saved the man’s life.

“That’s what anybody would’ve done,” said Blackburn. 

Blackburn took CPR and First Aid classes while in college and another training course later while working with the elderly.

“For her to be able to respond instantly and save his life, it means the world to us,” said Store Manager Josh Blevins.

Co-workers arranged a surprise party today for Blackburn.

“I was totally surprised,” said Blackburn. “I did not expect anything like this. It shows all kinds of love for me and it shows that I’m truly valued here and that means a lot.”

“I’ve been around a long time,” added Blevins. “It’s the first time that any of my folks have had the opportunity to receive this award and it means a lot to me. It means a lot to our company to be able to put forth the effort and honor her in that fashion.”

October will make six years Blackburn has been with the company.