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South Brunswick First Responders Save Choking Woman

A 58-year-old Kendall Park woman was saved by the combined efforts of South Brunswick Police and the Kendall Park First Aid Squad after she choked on a piece of food.

South Brunswick's first responders were able to save a Kendall Park woman from choking to death last weekend.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, the 58-year-old victim was eating dinner with her husband when she began to choke on a piece of food. The victim's husband attempted to help her, but soon realized she was unable to breath so he dialed 911, according to police.

Within three minutes of the call, Officer Mike Leung arrived to find the woman unconscious and turning blue on the floor, police said. Leung began using the Heimlich Maneuver to try and dislodge the food from the victim's airway.

Leung was soon joined by Officer Jesse Blake, Sgt. Frank Lombardo, and EMT Christine Kelly, whose combined efforts resulted in dislodging the food from the woman's airway. She began breathing and was able to talk to EMS and police as she was being placed into the ambulance before being transported to University Hospital at Princeton.

“If it wasn’t for the officers and the young woman I wouldn’t be here, I am so grateful," the victim said via press release.

The victim said she recalled eating dinner before she blacked out.

“The next thing I can remember is the young lady next to me and I was on the floor," she said.

South Brunswick Chief Raymond Hayducka credited the fast response from police officers and the Kendall Park First Aid Squad for saving the woman’s life.

“An officer was on scene in three minutes, additional officers and EMS arrived within another five minutes," Hayducka said via release. "They took quick actions to avoid tragedy. In emergencies, seconds count. These personnel were in the right place and did an outstanding job."

LK2011 May 01, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Great news! Thanks to the rescue folks that saved this woman's life!
Eyeballs May 01, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Great job!
MikeC May 03, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Awesome job by EMS!!!
raymond Weis May 07, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I can't tell you how proud I am of the job Christine did saving that woman from choking. It's not often that you know you actually saved a life and even less often that you get recognised for it. I'd like to let everybody know that there was not one member of that crew over the age of 25 and almost all of them came through our explorer program. I'd also like to say that it was an awesome job done by all the responders to the Noor Ul Imam school including the members of the Kendall Park First Aid Squad. The sitiuation was handled smoothly and everybody went home safe. A great week for the Township respondors.
Wonder Why May 12, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I wonder why there was no mention of the competent 9-1-1 dispatcher(s) who were able to quickly determine the exact nature of the emergency and send the necessary help in such a swift timeframe. Do not forget these essential men and women who are there 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive calls for every type of call imaginable.

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