Mansfield Police Officer Chad Stevens demonstrated quick thinking and life-saving actions when he encountered a choking victim on Interstate 20 on Jan. 13. While traveling eastbound near Anglin Road, Stevens noticed a white vehicle driving in the left lane with hazard lights on, indicating a potential emergency. Responding to the situation, he activated his emergency lights and pulled behind the vehicle.
As he was putting his vehicle into park, Stevens observed Samantha, the driver, exiting her vehicle with evident signs of distress, holding her neck and coughing as if she was choking. Acting swiftly, Stevens implemented the Heimlich Maneuver, successfully dislodging a piece of gum, causing the obstruction. Samantha explained that another vehicle had entered her lane, leading her to breathe in quickly. Struggling to breathe for several minutes, she was relieved to find an officer nearby to flag down for help.
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