Not All Heroes Wear Capes: How Sous Chef Ira Brown's Quick Thinking Saved the Day!


By Sarah Prawl and Ira Brown

When it comes to any emergency, time is of the essence, and GP’s Sous Chef, Ira Brown, wasted no time in rushing to the aid of someone in need.


We would love to know more about you!

I’ve worked with Great Performances for 6 years now. For the last 5 years I have worked mostly on-site at events, but have recently moved into the kitchen where I oversee kitchen assignments, prepare food for events and make sure that all food items are labeled correctly for each event.

Can you tell us about your thoughts on the day the incident occurred?

I really believe that everything happens for a reason. I have only been in the kitchen for a month now, and it was just like any regular day. I had just arrived at work about an hour before and heard that someone was in distress in another part of the building. Some staff members ran into the kitchen and asked if anyone knew how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, which I had done before, and as soon as they explained what was going on I immediately ran over there. When I arrived, the individual was unconscious, and I immediately got behind them and performed the Heimlich step-by-step until the particle had come out and they regained consciousness.

Do you consider yourself a hero?

I definitely don’t have that “Hero Complex”, I am just really thankful that I was at the right place at the right time, and really do believe that everything happens for a reason. Now that I think about it, there was a reason why I moved from on-site events to full time in the kitchen.

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