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Brooksville, Florida -- A deputy stopped by a gas station to get a drink and ended up saving a man's life.

Around 3 a.m. on Friday morning Deputy Mascitelli and Deputy Locke stopped at the Sunoco gas station on South Broad Street to get a soda. As the deputies left the store they saw a woman waiving her hands and yelling for help near one of the gas pumps.

The woman was next to a man holding his throat and turning pale -- it was evident he was choking.

Deputy Mascitelli began to perform the Heimlich maneuver while Deputy Lock called fire rescue. Eventually the food that was obstructing the victim's airway became dislodged.

After the man was able to breath normally paramedics were called off. The man and his wife thanked the deputies for saving his life.