Pete Schlegel Saves His Drummer's Life

HAGERSTOWN, MD (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — While preparing for a show in Hagerstown, Maryland, Pete Schlegel saved his drummer's, Rich Lininger’s, life using the Heimlich Maneuver.

After completing sound check, Schlegel, his band, and crew had dinner at a local restaurant. As Lininger laughed at a comment from the table, Schlegel recalls, “He sucked [a piece of steak] down his throat. The piece of meat became lodged in the airway…I was on the opposite end of the table. I looked down and saw my drummer stand up and [he] started bending over.” Schlegel recognized Lininger’s life was in danger.” Keyboard player, Jeff King, attempted the Heimlich maneuver but failed. Within seconds Schlegel was at his drummer’s side saying, “Let me try.” Schlegel delivered the famed life saving upward thrust just above the diaphragm causing the lodged piece of meat to catapult out of the victim’s airway. Schlegel recalls, “It just shot out and ironically he [Lininger] extended his hand and caught it.” Schlegel’s extensive Emergency Medical Services (EMS) experience as an EMS helicopter pilot and Ohio state trooper training saved the day for drummer, Rich Lininger. Further details of the story can be found at www.SALF.org

Pete Schlegel is on the road supporting his current single, titled "You Can't Bring Her Back," and his sophomore CD, I'm Not Listening. Schlegel is putting the finishing touches on the video for his upcoming single, "Alcohol Abuse". He is best known for his "Liquor to Like Her" single, the video for which aired on GAC and VH1 Country for several months.

Fans can see Pete on the road in the Double S Tour with Daryle Singletary and Jeff Carson.

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October 27, Alachua County Fair, Gainesville, FL
October 28, Chumukla Farmer Opry, Pace, FL
December 1, Boot Scooters, Hot Springs, AR
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