'I was just happy to help': York swimmer saves a life while at championships

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

In between races for West Chester University's swim team, Logan Brockway and his fellow teammates decided to grab a bite to eat at the York Galleria mall.

Little did they know they'd be dialing 911 as Brockway helped save a fellow patron from choking to death.

"In the moment, it felt so scary, but was only two or three minutes until (paramedics) came and took over," the Dallastown native said. “I was just happy she was OK, and I'm sure she was too."

The senior studying finance was happy to be back in his hometown for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Swimming Championships held at Graham Aquatic Center.

Dallastown's Logan Brockway places first in the boys 200 yard individual medley at 1:57.78 during swimming action against Red Lion at Dallastown Area Middle School in York Township, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

By mere happenstance, the decision to grab food court snacks ended up saving a life.

One of Brockway's teammates first noticed the choking victim, who was a woman in her 60s. Brockway stepped in to perform the Heimlich maneuver while paramedics rushed over. 

The star swimmer at West Chester University said he was grateful that he had received Red Cross training and knew how to dislodge the obstruction.

“Luckily, I was just there and able to help her," Brockway said. Once paramedics arrived, he and his teammates stepped away from the situation. 

Logan Brockway of Dallastown launches from the start pad as the anchor swimmer in the 200 Medley Relay during the PIAA state meet at Bucknell University Wednesday,  March 16, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

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He later told his coaches about what happened, reiterating that he was thankful to have received their emergency, life-saving training.

At the end of the championship meet, Brockway helped lead his teammates to victory, including winning two PSAC individual titles and two relay titles.

West Chester University's swim team ended with a championship win — the 34th for the school — and 23rd consecutive title at a conference meet, according to West Chester University spokesperson James Zuhlke.

The Brockway family has deep roots in the local swim community. His cousin, Noah, is also a swim star. Noah's and Logan's fathers have both coached swim teams.

“We were really happy with the meet," Brockway said. "I couldn’t be more proud of how the team swam this year."

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.