NYPD Police Officer Saves Life of Choking Man

Late last Saturday night, a 49-year-old Bronx man entered the police station at Hoyt and Schermerhorn Streets , holding his throat and gasping for air. Officer Soner Ozuk performed the Heimlich maneuver on the man, extracting a Life Saver candy from his throat. After being taken to Brooklyn Hospital by emergency van for some brief treatment, the man was soon released and pronounced healthy. Officer Soner Ozuk was Brooklyn New York born and raised.


Anyone can be a super hero. This method for extracting objects from the throat is not something that is just for the police and health professionals. It’s easier to do than CPR, and you don’t come in contact with body fluids. Many hospitals and Red Cross centers in New York are offering Heimlich manuever classes. It doesn’t matter if you are an adult, teenager, or elementary school student. To find out where and get all the information needed for people in New York city looking to take Heimlich Maneuver classes, just check the internet for classes in your area.


Henry Jay Heimlich created the Heimlich maneuver back in 1974. Dr. Heimlich has created many inventions for throat procedures, including a surgical procedure to replaced the esophagus that he developed back in the 1950s. In the 1940s, during World War II, Dr. Heimlich performed tracheotomies. In 1964, Heimlich invented the chest valve in order to drain blood and air from the chest cavity.


There are several ways to tell if a person is choking. They can’t breathe or talk, their fingers or facial color will take on a bluish or grayish tone. They might lose consciousness. The procedure can be done in a standing or sitting position. It’s recommended not to give the person back blows before the procedure because it could cause the object in the throat to become lodged even deeper. Standing in a tripod position, encircle arms around the victim’s body and around the stomach area. Make a fist with the dominant hand, making sure that the thumb is against the victim’s stomach. The fist should be above the navel and below the breast bone. Make sure other hand is around the dominant fist. Pull inward and upward. This is called abdominal thrusts. Check if person is breathing again.