Freeman was eating at the Salt Lick Taco Bear inside Austin's Bergstrom International Airport, when he saw a man inside the restaurant in distress. An older woman, recognizing the man was choking, tried to administer the Heimlich maneuver, but she wasn't strong enough to get any results, so the 6-foot, 236-pound Freeman sprang into action.
"I grabbed him and tried to squeeze the life out of him," Freeman told the Chicago Tribune. "You've got to push in and up. So I did that and he started throwing up what he was choking on. I asked him if he was all right and he shook his head like 'No!'"