Nobody asked the little girl's name.
All Corey Gaitan and David Walker knew was that this tiny girl with the blond hair was choking.
These two sunburned guys in Rock Hill Utilities T-shirts, washed so many times you can almost see through them, flush and paint and grease fire hydrants five days a week, eight hours a day.
These are no-nonsense, start-work-at-6:30 a.m. guys whose idea of a break from work is a stop at a store for a cold drink or a lighter or a cup of coffee.
And so there they were at 7:20 a.m. Friday, Walker inside the Mr. Express convenience store at the corner of Mount Gallant Road and Nation Ford Road for a minute or two, Gaitan sitting in the cab of "The Moose."
The Moose is the nickname for Truck 308 of the Rock Hill Utilities Department. These guys spend every work day in The Moose.
Gaitan heard a lady yell for help as she tried to keep a tiny girl from choking in the parking lot next to a green Ford Explorer SUV.
Gaitan did not call his office and ask somebody in a suit what to do. He did not check his watch and see if he was on break. He did not call a lawyer and ask for advice.
Tools falling on the pavement, Gaitan ran to the girl and the lady.
"Little girl can't breathe, she's bluish, you don't stop what you are doin' and ask Momma what the girl's name is," said Gaitan. "I got a wife and two kids myself, one of them a little girl - and one on the way."
Rock Hill employees are trained in CPR as part of the job, said Scott Turner, city water and sewer superintendent.
Like all employees who actually work for a living with their hands and their backs, Walker and Gaitan hate going to training because work waits when training is over.
They push no paper that can be pushed to co-workers. They crank wrenches on more than 5,000 hydrants - just these two guys alone.
But both have attended training sessions, and all those hours of training came out of Gaitan's brain and body on Friday like they did for Walker last November when he pulled two little kids out of a busy street.
"The lady was hysterical trying to use the Heimlich" maneuver, Gaitan said, "giving her daughter water to get whatever was in her throat out."
Gaitan grabbed the little girl, turned her so her back was toward him with her head down, held her with his left arm, and "thwacked her" between the shoulder blades several times with his right palm; just as he had been trained.
"I had to use it before on my son, when he was choking on a potato chip," said Gaitan.
Finally, out popped what looked to Gaitan like a cherry Blow Pop, minus the stick.
"It probably took a minute, maybe two, maybe less, but it seemed like slow motion" said Gaitan, 30, who has worked for the city for three years. "It took forever to get that thing out.
"You could hear it hit the ground, like a little rock hitting the pavement. Pop."
Nobody in the store heard or saw what happened.
Walker, 50, 23 years in the utility department, came outside and found other people circled in the busy lot, and Gaitan standing over a little girl recovering her breath as the mother tried to hug both the daughter and Gaitan at the same time.
Gaitan accepted no praise then, or now.
"I did what you do," he said. "Help."
Walker - who over the years has helped put out engine fires and fix flat tires for old ladies and more, besides helping those two little kids last year - said Gaitan deserves praise.
"It all happened so fast, all I did was ask the girl's age so I could write a report when we got back to the garage, because I wanted people to know Corey did something special," Walker said. "I didn't think to get her name, the mom's name.
"We just want to help somebody when we can."
The mom repeatedly thanked Gaitan, then she left with her daughter.
Word started getting around at the utilities department after an unidentified onlooker called and said, "The guys in Truck 308 are heroes!"
Bosses praised the two.
"They will sure get this noted on their next appraisal," said Turner, the guy over the water and sewer division.
And now Gaitan and Walker have been dubbed by blue-collar co-workers who let no good deed go un-slagged: "Mighty Mouse and Underdog."
"I could live without being called Mighty Mouse," Gaitan said.
"Underdog isn't my favorite either," said Walker.
Oh, yeah. Friday, at 7:30 a.m., after all the commotion, the guys went back to work flushing hydrants. They worked until quitting time at 3 p.m. They have worked all this week.
And they still don't know that little girl's name.
"All I want to know is she OK," said Gaitan. "Like I said, I got a son 2. Mason. A daughter 11. Hailey. And one on the way.
"I hope if they ever need somebody's help, that somebody gives it."