An Indiana police officer who was eating lunch with a few co-workers saved a toddler choking on an apple at a Chick-fil-A Saturday.
Hobart Police Officer Richard Mayer was on a lunch break at the fast food chain in Merrillville, Ind., with a few of his colleagues when Melanie Hasse, the mother of the young child, came running to him for help, WLS first reported. The toddler was “purple in the face,” Mayer said before he dislodged the food from her throat allowing oxygen back into her body.
“I looked over and she started gagging. I could see something kind of in the back of her throat, mistakenly reached in to try to grab it out, I think that pushed it back into her throat,” Hasse said.
Mayer said Hasse ran over to him frantically and alerted him that her daughter, Charlotte, was choking. Mayer said he grabbed the child and began taking the necessary steps to get the food out of the toddlers mouth he piece of fruit dislodged from her throat.
“I grabbed her and Officer Ramos to my right flipped her over, we did back slaps on her and got food dislodged from her throat right away,” Mayer said. “All three of the officers sitting there had a daughter,” he continued. “All of us looked back after it and said, ‘Hey, what if that was our daughter?'”
“This is what he was meant to do,” Hasse said. “To save lives in some kind of way.”
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