Paramedics save man who choked on sausage during North Shore celebration

Sherry Martell
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TATAMAGOUCHE - Security guards and Emergency Health Services paramedics are being hailed as heroes for saving a man's life at the Tatamagouche Oktoberfest.
Mike LeGresley, president of the North Shore Bavarian Society, said their quick actions prevented tragedy on Friday night by coming to the aid of a man choking on a sausage.
"They just knew what to do and did a great job," he said. "Their quick actions saved that man's life."
The injured man, from the Tatamagouche area, was taken from the North Shore Recreation Centre to hospital by ambulance and is now recovering at home.
LeGresley said the Friday night crowd was bigger than the previous year, receiving a boost from Markie Tours who bused people into the celebration from New Glasgow and Truro.
"That definitely helped us out," he said.
Saturday's beer garden was completely sold out with about 1,350 people showing up to enjoy the Bavarian-themed festivities.
"It was absolutely wonderful," said the president. "I think the best thing about it was the energy of the people, you could just feel it in that big of a crowd."
The Saturday night dance drew more than 1,000 people.
During the three events revellers downed 31 kegs of draught along with several bottles of spirits.
He said on Saturday afternoon the longest conga line he had ever seen wound around the rink spanning the dance floor, passing between tables and along the concession stands.
"It was a very exceptional year," he said.
LeGresley said many local accommodations and campgrounds were full to capacity during the weekend-long event.
He credits local businesses, such as C.G. Fulton's Pharmacy in Tatamagouche and Mingo Music in Truro, who sell a large volume of tickets for the non-profit group, for helping to make the event so successful.
"My hat goes off to all of them," he said.
Three door prizes were given away during the celebration, awarded to Jessica Fortune, Oxford Junction, $300; Nancy Fader, Halifax, $500; and Carol Piers, Truro, $500.

Organizations: Emergency Health Services, Tatamagouche Oktoberfest, North Shore Bavarian Society North Shore Recreation Centre

Geographic location: TATAMAGOUCHE, North Shore, Truro New Glasgow Oxford Junction

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  • Mike
    January 18, 2010 - 10:05

    Well I hope you people are firing friendly because Sherry was just trying to decipher the jargon I was laying on her ... well done Sherry ... your tops in my books ...and in my keg cellar ... haha ...CHEERS !!!

  • Heidiboo
    January 18, 2010 - 10:03

    Kudos to the North Shore Bavarian Society and it's many volunteers for a wildly successful Oktoberfest. Without the hard work of so many people, this terrific event would cease to exist. After 30 years it hasn't shown any signs of slowing down; rather it is picking up steam! Dieter and Claire must feel such pride when they see what their little party has become.
    The professionalism shown by individuals involved in the assistance of the choking man, from the first responder right to the paramedics, was admirable and to be applauded.
    Great job, Sherry, as usual!

  • Claire & Dieter
    January 18, 2010 - 09:56

    We Were There
    The Very Best Music.The very best Time
    Definitively, this is the Oktoberfest Capital of the Maritimes

    Job Well Done Sherry

  • Brian
    January 18, 2010 - 09:50

    The direction comments can take on this article are endless. It was a very amusing story, (an i too am glad the man is ok, its just a funny article)

  • Larry
    January 18, 2010 - 09:45

    31 kegs of draught! After that much beer someone should have reminded the's DRINK the beer and EAT the sausage. Not the other way around.

  • Elizabeth
    January 18, 2010 - 09:44

    I think this is a hysterical article, you go from the choking on sausage angle, right into what a sucessful event it was, how much beer was consumed, how great the transportation was...maybe next year they should get smaller sausages! By the way I am glad the man is okay, I just found this whole thing amusing, thanks for the laugh!

  • LOL
    January 18, 2010 - 09:40

    I'm going to guess that Ms. Martell wrote this article while in the conga line after assisting with the draining some of those kegs.

    This gets an honorable mention for Most improperly titled article .

    Let's give her a break though - that's a wild party and the hangover might still be hanging on. :)