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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