Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Off-duty New Jersey state trooper saves choking man

Off-duty New Jersey state trooper saves choking man

Video captured an off-duty New Jersey state trooper rushing into action to save a man from choking in a Buffalo Wild Wings.

Palaia, part of the Troop "B" Tactical Patrol Unit, had arrived at the wild wings restaurant with his son to watch football shortly before the man began to choke. The trooper performed the Heimlich maneuver, allowing the man to breath normally again.

The restaurant's surveillance video showed Palaia quickly rushing to the man who was not breathing, and realized he was choking. The victim thanked Trooper Palaia for his life-saving efforts.

After Palaia administered the four quick abdominal thrusts, "the man was able to breathe and his skin tone returned to its natural color", the post continues.

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"Having that officer, off-duty, just step up and do his civil duty and what he signed up for to save someone's life was awesome", Murphy said.

Police said the man was extremely grateful for the trooper's intervention, and suffered only a sore throat and injured ribs.

"I really thought he was going to go down and I was nervous", Palaia said at a press conference.

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