Published: May 12, 2010 4:58 PM EDT

Port Charlotte, Fla.- A 9-1-1 dispatcher is honored after saving a man's life over the phone.

Bethann Alexin was given a Life Saver award at a ceremony at Portofino's Restaurant in Port Charlotte Wednesday.

Back in March, Alexin told Bonnie Strickland how to giver her husband the Heimlich maneuver with a broken arm. It saved his Earl Strickland's life.

"He was eating a ham and cheese sandwich and he easily gets choked. I turned around and he was making a noise," recalls Bonnie.

"I had already kissed him and told him I loved him because I just knew he was gone," said Bonnie.

Dispatcher Beth Ann Alexin calmly instructed Bonnie to straddle him, place her good hand above his belly button and push. It worked!

Candice and Brandon Porter were also honored.

They were given Life Saver awards for helping to save two small children after their mother attempted to drown them in a Charlotte County lake.