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Ron and Mary Guetter, owners of McMillan’s Restaurant in Willmar, discuss the ceremony moments prior when they were presented with a certificate from the Willmar Ambulance Service for saving a customer’s life. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Life-saving act: Restaurant owners honored for quick action to save customer from choking


WILLMAR — Mary and Ron  Guetter, owners of McMillan’s Restaurant, knew their customer was in trouble when he came up to the cash register during Sunday morning brunch last month, wheezing and unable to speak.

The couple’s quick action to perform the Heimlich maneuver likely saved the man from choking to death and earned them a lifesaving certificate of merit Monday night from the Willmar Ambulance Service.

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Anne Polta

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