Rescuer Sought

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, June 15 2012 at 4:21 PM, Updated: Fri, June 15 2012 at 4:32 PM

A Klamath Falls man is trying to find a stranger who saved his life last week.

Phil Roseberry believes he was only moments from dying...when he was rescued by a stranger.

"Words can't express how I feel right now.  I mean, I have a 3 1/2 year old little girl...I can't express any words..."

Roseberry was driving down Crater Lake Parkway on Thursday, June 7th, when he accidentally inhaled a piece of snack food, and couldn't breathe. 

Roseberry knew he couldn't make it back to his job at the Sheriff's office, and was unable to speak...

"So I stopped right in the middle of Crater Lake Parkway and Shasta, and hopped out - threw my emergency flashers on, and tried to cough it out.  And I wasn't having much luck."

Roseberry began to panic, as traffic continued to pass...until a stranger came to his rescue.

"And the next thing I know, he's behind me, trying to give me a Heimlich maneuver."  Said Roseberry.  "And a couple of thrusts, and I bent over, and he hit me a couple times on the back, and it dislodged."

Roseberry says he remembers giving the man a hug, and thanking him - but he never got his name.

"Just as quick as he was there, he was gone again."  Noted Roseberry.  "And I sure thank that guy, and my family does, too - he saved my life."

Roseberry wants to thank that good Samaritan in person, and he hopes that man will contact him through the Klamath County Sheriff's Office. 

If you need to brush up on your lifesaving skills:

You'll find more on the Heimlich maneuver at: 

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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