Troopers Honored For Saving Choking Woman

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Two state troopers who came to the rescue of a women choking on a french fry were honored Tuesday for their actions.

Back in August Trooper Matthew Bunn and Leonard Crumpler pulled up behind a car on US 70 in Carteret County after they saw a man get out of his vehicle and run to the passenger side.

The troopers quickly found out Beaufort County resident Joan Dudley was choking inside. Trooper Bunn successfully administered the Heimlich maneuver, and possibly saved Dudley's life.

Tuesday, the troopers received the commendation award -- the second highest award for heroism, presented to employees who've prevented injury or death because of their actions. The troopers told WITN, they were flattered.

If you find yourself in a situation like the one the troopers were in, here's the advice we were given. Keep the choking victim calm and focused. If there's no time to call 911, do the Heimlich maneuver yourself. A good fist into the stomach just above the naval combined with a sharp thrust should do the trick.


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  • by Miles Location: Wilson N.C. on Feb 25, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    So sorry your ego has been hurt. I'm sure the recognition from this came from the lady that was helped, and she advised the NCHP. Therefore it seems the ones you saved must not have recognized you or didn't care enough to share. So sorry, next time be more carefull in whom you save. It could really be devastating to your ego. "Egotist are always ME deep in conversation" Way to go NCHP !!
  • by Thankful Citizen Location: Wilson on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    To Vet. Shame on you. I hope you received your recognition from the indiviuals you saved. It appears you want someone to toot your horn still. Well here's to you! Let's give thanks to the troopers who put their lives on the line for NC citizens every day. Often the bad things are published and not the good. I appreciate the work and dedication of the NCSHP as well as these two fine troopers! Way to go!
  • by Lillie Location: Lucama on Feb 11, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    To Vet. Why do you put down what they did to toot your whistle. They did this in the line of duty and were not out for praise. It just happen to make it to the paper so people could see that something wonderful had happened. This story was not meant to be little you and I am sure you received your praise from the one person that matters. Let it go, and let these two men have their little bit of praise in this world.
  • by cle Location: newport on Feb 11, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    I agree with "your kidding right?" Vet, here is your attaboy and a thank you for saving someones life last year. Maybe if you call WITN, they will put a story up here about you, and I will personally send you a certificate! Thank goodness you two fine gentleman were there to save that lady, and I am honored to call you both friends!
  • by you kidding right? on Feb 11, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    Vet, great job for doing it twice. Sorry you were not recognized. Knowing the two Troopers persoanly, they didn't ask for recogniton and were surprised by the publicity. The both of them do not feel as if they did anything extraordianry. That is, nothing anyone of there fellow Troopers or trained personnel wouldn't of done. Fortunatly, the two Troopers work for an organization that cares. Fortunatly, Mrs. Dudley is here today. Fortunatly, you were there to administer aide to a choking victim. Here's your recognition. I here by present you the "Attaboy". Try being positive for a change, maybe it would make the world a better place to live.
  • by sunshine08 Location: somewhere on Feb 10, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    Please be glad these officers had the training and were in an area where they could help. I am sure Joan Dudley and her family appreciated it. But Mr. Vet location USA, has to belittle a life threatening incident. All the stories that are on about BAD TROOPERS OR FIREMEN, you hear it for days, but I have seen a couple articles on WRAL about a particular trooper that delivered a baby, helped someone that was having a heart attack. Everybody likes a little pat on the back. Why can't people be appreciative.
  • by vet Location: USA on Feb 10, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    Not impressed, I have done the same thing 2 times in the last year. I am a hero without recognition. No biggy, I do it for anyone. I am a good neighbor...
  • by C on Feb 10, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    Law enforcement officers are usually vilified, rather than glorified. Typically, they endure endless criticism and second-guessing from both the public and the media, few of whom have ever worn the badge and gun themselves. How refreshing to see this "attaboy" handed to these obviously deserving troopers. Great job,guys !
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