ESU student from Bethlehem honored for performing Heimlich Maneuver on park services employee

L to R: Mackenzie Strunk, constituent outreach specialist for Representative Rosemary Brown; L. Patrick Ross, chair, ESU Council of Trustees; Kyle McKay; ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.; Rainey McKenna, outreach and education coordinator for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA); Carla Beasley, chief of interpretation, education and partnerships, DWGNRA; and John Lambert, chief of maintenance, DWGNRA. 

An East Stroudsburg University student from Bethlehem was honored Thursday for performing the Heimlich Maneuver on a park service employee over the summer.

Kyle Mackay was honored during ESU's Council of Trustees meeting on Thursday by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, State Representative Rosemary Brown, and East Stroudsburg University.

Mackay was an intern with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. While working with the DWGNRA trail crew, a staff member began to choke on a piece of food.

Mackay, a senior majoring in recreation services management, performed the Heimlich Maneuver, releasing the obstruction from the worker's airway.

Mackay's internship responsibilities included working the interpretation division, staffing visitor centers, roving in the park and designing and/or facilitating two youth programs - Art in the Park and Science Sundays.

He also roved on the Delaware River with the River Ambassadors, met with law enforcement rangers, and spent a day with the trail crew.