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Lodi School Security Officer Saves Choking Student

Lodi School Resource Officer William Byrnes
Lodi School Resource Officer William Byrnes Photo Credit: FACEBOOK photo

LODI, N.J. -- A Lodi school security officer used the Heimlick maneuver to rescue a chocking student.

School Security Officer William Byrnes was working at the Washington School when he responded to an emergency call to the main office around noon on Dec. 23, Lt. Robert Salerno said Monday morning.

On his way to the classroom he was met by the teacher, who was taking the student to the nurse's office, Salerno said.

The student "indicated that he was choking," so Byrnes grabbed him and, after two thrusts, dislodged the object, the lieutenant said.

"At this point the victim was able to breathe freely again," Salerno said. "[He] was then checked by the nurse and required no further medical attention."

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