This letter is late in its arrival but not short on sincerity.

Several months ago, Manda Taylor, a lovely server at Henry’s Great Alaskan Restaurant, became my heroine. She is always kind, hospitable and skilled in providing customer service, but during this one visit she showed the calm demeanor of a skilled emergency medical provider. We were enjoying our lunch when my 11-year-old daughter began to choke. Manda recognized this immediately and responded swiftly without panic. She was at my daughter’s side, astutely assessing her, speaking softly, ready to respond. As Manda was beginning to wrap her arms around my daughter, her airway cleared. I was so very thankful for the amazing emergency preparedness exhibited by Manda. I cannot thank her enough.

Even as I type this, the feelings of helplessness overwhelm me. As a nurse, we are always ready until it’s your own child, then your whole world turns black and skilless. When my daughter was recovered, Manda wrapped her arms around me. While I thanked her profusely, I wanted others to know about this amazing woman.

THANK YOU MANDA TAYLOR! You are an angel among us.

    Ann-Marie Gould West

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