Local woman meets the man who saved her life at Dairy Queen

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — You might remember about a month ago we aired a story about a woman who choked in Dairy Queen and an anonymous man gave her the Heimlich.

FOX 4’s Melissa Stern found that man and was there to witness their reunion.

Tuesday is Christmas Eve and many people are celebrating with friends and family, but it’s also the day one local woman got to thank the man who saved her life.

“She did the choking sign, and I honestly didn’t know what to do,” said Private Larry Scharff, the man who gave Kathleen Raisbeck  the Heimlich that day.

About a month ago, Raisbeck was having lunch at Dairy Queen. Luckily, Private Scharff was too and happened to be ordering lunch at the counter when he saw her choking.

“I did the Heimlich, what I thought was the Heimlich,” Scharff said, “I was just like, ‘Well I’ve seen it in movies,’ so I just did it.”

Scharff left that day thinking nothing of it. He’s in the military and shortly after the incident he left for basic training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. Now he’s home for Christmas.

“I’m Kathleen Raisbeck, and you saved my life,” Raisbeck said to Scharff after she showed up at his door today as a surprise to properly thank him.

“I’m eternally grateful, I mean, I’m celebrating this holiday because of you,” she added.

“It was in the heat of the moment, I just thought I could help somebody,” Larry said.

Kathleen says she’s thankful she got to meet the mystery man who saved her.

“This opportunity gave me closure and satisfaction,” she said.

“I was just at the right place at the right time,” said Larry ,”I’m sure anybody would have done it, but it just happened to be me that day!”

Kathleen says she hopes people remember what’s important in life this holiday season.

“Be grateful for what you have, and appreciate each day that you have, and the people around you,” said Kathleen.

Both Larry and Kathleen hope their story encourages you to pay it forward the next time you get the chance.

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