We all hope that when an emergency arises, we'll act in a cool and calm manner, doing what's necessary to help. That's exactly what Delaware County Corrections Officer Paul Moore did on June 11, 2020 when he jumped into action, thanks to his medical training as a corrections officer, administering the Heimlich Maneuver on a fellow officer in the staff dining room at the Delaware County Corrections Facility according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

It took several thrusts to dislodge the object his coworker was choking on, but Morse was thankfully successful in his attempt save the officer's life. It's a scary situation and one I've actually been in and can say that the Heimlich Maneuver is something that's very important to learn because some day, you may have to use it on someone.

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For his quick and effective efforts, Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced that Delaware County Corrections Officer Paul Moore was named "New York State Corrections Officer of the Year" (2020) by the New York State Sheriff’s Association. In Albany on April 28, Moore received his prestigious award. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the NYS Sheriff’s Association Spring Conference.

Sheriff Craig S. DuMond commented on Moore's award saying “Officer Paul Moore is a hero, not only did he save the life of a fellow officer, he returned to work as if though saving lives was part of his daily routine."

Three cheers for Officer Moore on his heroic deed! And now, here are a couple of questions for you...

How do you know if someone is choking?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the universal sign for choking is hands clutched to the throat so if you're choking that's the best way to let someone nearby know what's happening. But let's say the choking person doesn't think to do that. Then what might an observer notice?

  • Inability to talk
  • Difficulty breathing or noisy breathing
  • Squeaky sounds when trying to breathe
  • Cough, which may either be weak or forceful
  • Skin, lips and nails turning blue or dusky
  • Skin that is flushed, then turns pale or bluish in color
  • Loss of consciousness

What to do when you think someone is choking?
This Mayo Clinic video shows best what to do...

This simple procedure can save someone's life, maybe your loved one's! For more information on helping choking victims visit www.mayoclinic.org.

 

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