School officer makes eye contact then grabs teen before it’s too late
For the most part, Officer Caron patrols the school making sure nothing gets out of hand. This past April, however, something happened that made him a viral star.
All the kids know him very well and feel secure whenever he is around. They know they can count on him if they come across any problem.
He pays attention to every student and prevents any bullying or fighting, and never lets anything gets out of his hands.
This past April, while officer Caron was on his job, one girl’s behavior caught his attention.
He could see she was walking in a strange manner and suspected something was wrong.
“She was stumbling a little, moving very quickly,” he told CBS New York.
The closer I got to her, I realized there was a problem.”
17-year-old Sarah was rushing to class, trying to finish her sandwich while on the run, when a french fry got stuck in her throat. She tried taking it out, but in vain. The girl was choking and she couldn’t do anything to save herself.
“Every step I took, I got very weak,” she said. After a couple of seconds, I felt myself fading.”
As Officer Caron approached Sarah, he noticed her face was turning blue.
She immediately started motioning towards her throat, and he realized what was going on.
Wrapping the teen in up in his arms, Officer Caron proceeded to give her a few good thrusts using the Heimlich maneuver.
A couple of seconds later, the french fry came dislodged and Sarah could breath again. Everyone who witnessed the amazing scene said officer Caron did something truly incredible and saved the girl’s life.
According to NewJersey.com, Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali described the incident as an “excellent job by hero Special Law Enforcement Officer II Roger Caron.”
In response to the attention, however, Officer Caron has remained humble: “It’s a wonderful feeling to know you can help somebody, and that’s what I took away from this.”
Since that scary day in the hallway, Officer Caron and Sarah have become very close.
“There’s such a special bond I have with him now. He’s a hero,” she told CBS New York.
The event has also reaffirmed Sarah’s lifelong desire to become a police officer. When the incident occurred this past April, she said she would be studying criminal justice in the fall.
As mentioned, choking is extremely dangerous and more common than you’d probably think.
As a result, it’s especially important to be familiar with life-saving techniques like the Heimlich maneuver.
If you’ve never done it, here are the steps:
- If someone can cough, speak or breathe, encourage them to continue trying to cough out the item. If they cannot cough, speak or breathe, move on to step 2.
- Stand behind victim with one leg forward between their legs.
- Reach around the stomach to locate their belly button
- Place the thumb side of your fist against the person’s stomach just about the belly button.
- Grab your first with your other hand and thrust inward and upward into the stomach using quick jerks.