Boise ethics committee won't take up investigation into Heimlich case

BOISE -- The City of Boise's ethics commission determined Thursday it would not look into an alleged cover-up in an investigation involving a firefighter's treatment of a drowning victim.

A Boise firefighter and police officer pulled a man from the New York canal in June. The man had been underwater for several minutes, but first responders were able to get him breathing again.

The man died in the hospital a few days later. The firefighter, Brent Matthews, told KTVB he had performed the Heimlich maneuver during the rescue.

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But after an investigation was prompted by inquiries from the son of Dr. Henry Heimlich - the inventor of the maneuver - the department said Matthews never performed the Heimlich.

Now, other city leaders will determine if further investigation should be done.

The Heimlich Maneuver is not part of standard care for the Boise Fire Department.


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