One thing is for sure: if you’re going to choke, choke in Bensonhurst. The cops here are getting a name for their heroic rescues.
Cops from the 62nd Precinct rescued two people in separate incidents: one a festival goer at the 18th Avenue Feast, the other a two-week-old infant.
Two police officers patrolling the Festa di Santa Rosalia on Friday stumbled on the scene of a 20-year-old woman gasping for air at 70th Street. A friend was slapping her back to no avail, and the cops hurried over just as she dropped to the ground.
Officer Eric Smith snapped into action while is partner, Edward Nogol, called for an ambulance. Smith wrapped his arms around the woman and performed the Heimlich Maneuver, launching the fried festival food from her throat.
Out of precaution, the 20-year-old was taken to Maimonides Hospital conscious and alert.
Just two days later, on Sunday at 11:15 p.m., 911 got a call of a child having difficulty breathing at a home on 74th Street near 21st Avenue. Officers Elias Khan and Sergeant Michael Dario were the first on the scene, where they found the baby boy’s distraught 32-year-old mother who said the two-week-old wasn’t breathing.
The officers saw the baby unresponsive, with his face turning blue.
Khan put his training to use, doing a finger sweep of the child’s mouth, turning him over on his stomach and giving repeated thrusts on his back while Dario got on the radio to hasten the ambulance.
After just 10 to 15 seconds, cries rang through the home as the baby began breathing again.
The tot was taken to Maimonides in stable condition.