Daniel Petkiewich has worked at Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown for three and a half years, and when he realized a diner was choking on food he leapt into action to save the woman’s life.
The Watertown Police Department honored Petkiewich for his heroic actions with a certificate and a special coin on Wednesday. He learned choking safety techniques when he was a manager at Joe’s for a time. Petkiewich also credits his training as a member of the U.S. Army. “I was in for 11 years, active and Reserve,” Petkiewich said. “We were trained, but not usually for that type of choking.”