Tuesday 21 October 2014

Dashcam video: US Officer saves choking woman

Eoghan McNeill

Published 13/08/2014 | 11:59

A US police office is being hailed as a hero after he saved a woman from choking on a sausage and biscuit during a routine traffic stop last Saturday.

Officer Kevin Gates decided to stop the car after he saw it run through a red light in Michigan, US, intending to give the driver a warning.

"For the first second or so I thought she might be trying to just get out of a ticket and then I realised she was in legitimate respiratory distress, so I tried to dislodge the item from her throat by just hitting her on the back," explained Gates.

"When that didn't work, I got her out and I used the Heimlich for the first time in my nine year police career and it worked," he added.

Following the incident which lasted less than a minute, the woman hugged Gates, thanking him for saving her life.

"I'm sure this happens to police officers all the time, but rarely does this get caught on a dash cam," he told a press conference in his police department HQ.

"I just feel like I did what I'm paid to do. I'm glad for her that I happened to be there," he added.

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