Man credits CERT in life-saving act

A man who graduated from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) recently put his training to use, saving a life by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

Daniel Waldorf was dining out on Dec. 1 when his friend Tania Andrade began to choke on a bite of pizza. Waldorf quickly jumped into action to dislodge the food from her throat.

Waldorf credited CERT for being prepared to act.

“The whole event was scary for all of us there,” Waldorf said. “Honestly I hope to never see that happen again. If it does I know I am prepared to deal with it calmly.”

CERT is an all-hazard, all-risk training program designed to teach people how to protect themselves, their families and their communities during a disaster situation. Participants must be over the age of 16 and live or work within the fire protection district to become certified through the Rancho Santa Fe CERT program. For upcoming training sessions, visit

or call (858) 756-5971 ext. 149.