An off-duty NJ officer saved a choking man with the Heimlich Maneuver
A man is lucky to be alive and it’s all thanks to the quick thinking by an off-duty New Jersey State Police trooper who went above and beyond the call of duty. Trooper Palaia was out to lunch with his son, watching football when he noticed a man was choking and Trooper Palaia immediately began performing the Heimlich maneuver.
Abdominal thrusts (also called the Heimlich maneuver) is a first aid procedure used to treat upper airway obstructions by foreign objects. It is named after Dr. Henry Heimlich, who first described it in 1974.
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A quiet visit Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings in Rockaway Township turned into a life-saving trip after Trooper Dennis Palaia looked over to the table next to him and saw a man choking.
Trooper Palaia was out to lunch with his son, watching football when he noticed a man was in distress, New Jersey State Police said on their Facebook page.
police’s facebook post
New Jersey State Police Recruits are taught in the academy to expect the unexpected and to always be prepared to act. Trooper Dennis Palaia, of Troop “B” Tactical Patrol Unit, showed why this important lesson holds true whether on or off duty.
On Sunday, October 22, Trooper Palaia was enjoying a day off with his son at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Rockaway Township, N.J. when something went terribly wrong.
Shortly after sitting down to enjoy a Sunday of watching football with his son, Trooper Palaia noticed that a man at a nearby table was in distress. Without hesitation, he rushed to the man who was showing signs that he could not breathe.
Recognizing that the man was choking, he immediately began the Heimlich Maneuver. Trooper Palaia quickly wrapped his arms around the man’s waist and provided four abdominal thrusts, which cleared his airway.
The man was able to breathe and his skin tone returned to its natural color. The victim thanked Trooper Palaia for his life-saving efforts. And with the exception of a sore throat and aching ribs, we are pleased to report that the man made a full recovery and is eternally grateful to Trooper Palaia, whose quick and decisive actions undoubtedly prevented a tragedy.
Phenomenal job Trooper Palaia! #Attaboy!