Phoenix, AZ — In a scene straight from the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray saved the life of a man who was choking while dining at a local restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona today.
Murray was having lunch with friends when a man three tables from him began to choke on his food. “I saw the guy choking, so I went over and helped him out,” Murray said. “I actually learned the Heimlich maneuver while working on the movie Groundhog Day. I’m glad I was able to get some good use of the skill outside of the movies.”
34-year-old Paul Horner from Phoenix, Arizona told reporters what happened at the restaurant. “I guess I just took too much of a bite because suddenly I couldn’t breath. Anyway the next thing I know, none other than Bill Murray is giving me the Heimlich maneuver,” Horner says. “It was an amazing experience and he is such a good person. I volunteered to pay for his lunch, but he wouldn’t let me. He did say I could buy him a drink though, so that’s what I did. Bill Murray is a living legend, a hero and today he saved my life.”
Lucas Studer who is a waiter at Copper Blues, where the incident occurred, told reporters about the day’s excitement. “This man started choking, so without hesitation, Mr. Murray gets up from his table, goes over to where this gentleman is at and immediately starts giving him the Heimlich. While everyone else in the restaurant was wondering what to do, Bill Murray stepped up and saved the day,” Studer said. “It was great to meet Mr. Murray, what a cool guy. Also since Copper Blues is a comedy spot, Bill told us he was coming back next month to visit, so that will be awesome.”
Before leaving the restaurant, Murray told of his plans for next month. “The people at Copper Blues have been so nice to me and my guests. I told them I would come back next month on the 12th, probably in the evening, to tell some stories and maybe even do a few jokes for the crowd. It’s going to be a free show, so stop by if you’re in the area.”
Murray is supposedly scheduled for February 12th at Copper Blues from 7pm – 9pm. It is not clear if his attendance is 100% guaranteed, but various news sources have confirmed that a comedy show is happening that night during those times. Copper Blues is located next to the new Stand Up Live Comedy Theater at 50 W. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85003.