Besides being a successful real estate agent and managing the operations of revitalizing Eddyville Mall, Tim Beck wears a third hat.
He also works for the state, and in that capacity, he responded to a request from Eddyville Mayor Nancy Slaton to spray the city for mosquitoes the evening of July 8. That assignment turned him into another type of hero. As Beck was spraying along East Dale Avenue shortly before 11 p.m., he spied a young woman running toward the street flailing her arms trying to stop him.
It was Kathy Stone Brown, and she was choking.
Brown's ordeal began a few minutes earlier when she was taking her daily doses of vitamins before retiring for the evening. "I take a lot of vitamins," she said. "I was standing in my kitchen and I took the first handful, and was drinking water. And (the vitamins) got hung in my throat and wouldn't go down.
"I was panicking!" she said. "I noticed lights of someone's truck coming down the road; I ran out and started swinging my hands and (Tim) stopped. At first, he thought I didn't want him to spray at my house. I let him know I was choking, and he performed the Heimlich maneuver - he did it twice and the pills came up."
She said Beck immediately phoned for emergency help, and Eddyville Police Officer Brooks Dixon and a Kentucky State Police trooper showed up.
"Tim asked me to sit down," Brown said. "It was a blessing that he came along. I was just panicking and didn't know what to do."
Brown said she didn't go to the hospital or to a doctor and was fine the next day. "It was just God's doing" that Tim came along when he did.
"It was God."
Beck also attributed his being in the right place at the right time to divine intervention. He queried: "What are the odds of me being on that street at that exact time?"