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New Canaan Police Officer Comes To Rescue Of Choking Victim

Officer Shane Gibson saved a choking person at a New Canaan restaurant Tuesday afternoon, New Canaan Police said. He used the Heimlich maneuver to help dislodge the food.
Officer Shane Gibson saved a choking person at a New Canaan restaurant Tuesday afternoon, New Canaan Police said. He used the Heimlich maneuver to help dislodge the food. Photo Credit: New Canaan Police

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A New Canaan police officer used the Heimlich maneuver to save the life of a choking person Tuesday afternoon.

Officer Shane Gibson rushed to the Sushi 25 restaurant at 25 Elm St. to help. He was working an off-duty job also on Elm Street when he heard the emergency call at 1:35 p.m.

After evaluating the victim, Gibson quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver and was able to dislodge the food, said Chief Leon Krolikowski in a news release.

Gibson arrived on the scene just before other police officers and the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Krolikowski said the New Canaan resident is expected to recover fully.

"The New Canaan resident’s life was saved as a direct result of Officer Gibson’s training, initiative and devotion to duty," Krolikowski said. "We are all very proud of Officer Gibson and grateful for the positive outcome of this incident."

Gibson will be given the Medical Service Award at an upcoming ceremony and will be nominated for the Red Cross Hero’s Award.

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