Westport firefighters don’t look for glory. They just do their job — and they do it very, very well.
Joe Valiante is retired, after 35 years of service. But the native Westporter continues to help.
On Wednesday morning he sat in the Commuter Coffee Shop, waiting for his wife and grandchild.
A customer abruptly went outside. His wife followed.
Then she raced back in, asking if anyone knew the Heimlich maneuver.
Joe gave a few quick thrusts, and dislodged a large piece of a roll.
The man and his wife thanked Joe. He went back inside. His wife and grandchild arrived.
“It was a good way to start the day,” Joe says simply.
No. It was a great, life-saving way.