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Off duty Bourne officer saves choking woman

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BOURNE, Mass. (WHDH) - An off-duty Bourne police officer saved a woman who was choking at a restaurant. 

"One of our officers was dining at the Brookside Club in Bourne and he noticed a little commotion at the table next to him," said Sgt. James Czyryca of the Bourne Police Department.

The commotion: a woman was choking on a piece of steak that lodged in her throat. An employee at the Brookside Club performed the Heimlich maneuver, but it didn't appear to be working. That's when the officer, who was dining with his family on his day off, stepped in.

"He quickly tried the same after several of the Heimlich abdominal thrusts, the woman lost consciousness and started turning blue," Czyryca said. "He lowered her to the floor, gave her some chest compressions and that ultimately dislodged the food that she was choking on."

Andrew Roth, who witnessed the incident, said the officer didn't hesitate to help.

"He practically leapt over bushes to get there. It was just second nature," Roth said.

The woman will be okay.

We all go through training, first responder and CRP  training. We're up every year so this paid off. He knew exactly what to do and he did it," Czyryca said.

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