Being the focal point of responsibility is never an easy thing. Most of their job description includes sorting out trouble hits, taking charge of every emergency that would take place, and most especially making a quick decision when needed the most.
Officer Roger Karen knows only too well the sorts of rigors one faces when they’re the Goto guy. He serves as a special law enforcement officer at Pascal High School, working for more than a couple of years already, it was just April that made him a viral star.
For the most part. Officer Karen patrols the school, making sure nothing gets out of hand. As Officer Karen was doing his daily rounds, little did he know his shift was about to take a turn for the eventful.
All of a sudden, he noticed a female student that was acting very strangely. According to Officer Karen, she was stumbling a little, moving very quickly, and the closer he got to her, he realized there was a problem. The student’s name was Sarah and she was disoriented. She was moving quickly through the hall, but stumbling from side to side as she went. Officer Karen knows when there’s something wrong as soon as he sees it.
When she got close enough, she made a signal to tip the officer off to the fact that she was choking. She had a piece of food in her mouth and rushed from lunch to class while still trying to eat the food. The food had made its way into her throat and despite attempts at coughing it out, it became lodged.
When she realized the trouble that she was in, she began to panic. As is so often the case when people are choking, she struggled to gather coherent thoughts and continued to get weaker with every step.
From there, Officer Karen appeared in her line of sight. As Officer Karen approached Sarah, he noticed her face was turning blue. She immediately started motioning towards her throat and he realized what was going on.
Wrapping the teen up in his arms, Officer Karen proceeded to give her a few good thrusts using the Heimlich maneuver, and after a few powerful thrusts, he managed to dislodge that one French Fry that had caused the blockage. From that moment, Officer Karen has been praised as a hero.
According to a local social media news outlet, Montville Mayor Mike gasoli even sung the officer’s praises, describing the event as an excellent job by hero special law enforcement Officer Roger Karen. In response to the attention, however, Officer Karen has remained humble.
It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you can help somebody and that’s what I took away from this, he said. Since that scary day in the hallway. Officer Karen and Sarah have been very close friends.
There’s such a special bond that they have now Sarah really considers him a hero. The event has also reaffirmed Sarah’s lifelong desire to become a police officer herself. When the incident occurred this past April, she said that she would be studying criminal justice in the fall. What a great way to show appreciation to officer Karen. What happened to Sarah was a serious thing.
People should be more mindful when eating and should give extra time in properly chewing every bite of food. Not doing so may cause trouble just like what happened to Sarah. People should also not eat in a hurry. It’s funny that even a simple task like eating can take someone’s life if they’re not careful enough. Choking is a dangerous situation that needs to be handled swiftly.
A person can definitely contact emergency services. However, that person must be able to perform first aid techniques until paramedics arrive. According to the national safety Council, it’s actually the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury or death. As a result, it’s especially important to be familiar with lifesaving techniques such as the Heimlich maneuver. It’s a simple act but it could save someone’s life when done right.