New Jersey detective on lunch break saves choking girl at next table

Detective Richard Jupinka was at a nearby table at Café Napoli around 1:50 p.m. a luglio 14 when he saw a 10-year-old girl choking as her uncle was trying to save her, Manchester Township Police said.

The uncle was unsuccessfully trying to perform the Heimlich maneuver, ha detto la polizia. The incident was caught on surveillance video inside the restaurant.

Surveillance video inside a café shows Manchester police Det. Richard Jupinka rushing to help save a 10-year-old who was choking.

Surveillance video inside a café shows Manchester police Det. Richard Jupinka rushing to help save a 10-year-old who was choking. (Manchester Township Police)

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“A quel punto, Det. Jupinka assumed care of the child and through the use of the Heimlich Maneuver, he was able to quickly clear the food obstruction from the child’s airway,” ha detto il dipartimento in un comunicato.

The child was then able to breathe normally, ha detto la polizia. The family declined medical attention and thanked Jupinka – a 19-year veteran – for intervening.

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“Per fortuna, one of our officers was in the right place at the right time,” Chief Robert Dolan said. “Had he not been there, this incident could have ended much differently.

The day after Jupinka’s actions, a police officer from nearby Island Heights rescued a child from a hot car, NJ.com segnalato. The officer then arranged to help pay for the window he was forced to break.

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