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Video: Michigan Officer Saves Choking Woman at Traffic Stop

August 12, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Michigan Officer Saves Choking Woman at Traffic Stop

Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Safety Officer Jason Gates is being hailed as a hero after saving the life of a driver who was choking.

It all unfolded around 11:20 a.m. Saturday August 9, when Officer Gates pulled a woman over for a red light violation in the 4100 block of S. Burdick Street. As the officer approached the car, he found the driver in respiratory distress, Fox 17 TV reports.

Dash cam video from the incident shows Officer Gates asking the woman if she was okay, and when he realizes she's in trouble, he administers a couple of back blows. When that doesn’t work, you can see Gates quickly pull the woman from the car and administer the Heimlich maneuver.

After the food is dislodged, she hugs him and cries.


Comments (5)

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Todd @ 8/12/2014 9:29 PM

Good for him for acting so quickly to save this woman. Where is all the media hype about the split-second, life saving decisions we all make every day.

ftrnr @ 8/13/2014 5:28 AM

Nicely done Gates.

Arby @ 8/13/2014 5:31 AM

Great job, officer! I agree with you Todd. I'm glad I subscribe to this site otherwise I never would've heard about it.

PK @ 8/13/2014 5:39 AM

Outstanding job PSO Gates!

Where's Lenny's comments on this? Conspicously absent of course.

Bob @ VA @ 8/13/2014 12:27 PM

Well done! We need to see the media reporting this kind of incident. Sadly, LEOs saving lives is not the media's agenda.

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