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Video: Sergeant saves choking EMT at NJ police station

Brick Police Sgt. Charlie Kelly used the Heimlich maneuver after EMT Katelyn Lammer began choking on her food


Chris Sheldon
NJ Advance Media Group, Edison, N.J.

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The quick actions of Brick Township police officer on Tuesday likely saved the life of an EMT who was working at the police station.

Brick police EMT Katelyn Lammer was stationed at the front of town hall to screen people entering the police side of the building when she began to choke on her food, according to a post from the police department, which included a video of the incident.

In the video, Lammer is seen going to the window for help, where police Sgt. Josh Jenssen signals to those near the door who can get out to help her.

Sgt. Charlie Kelly then bursts through the door and begins using the Heimlich maneuver to clear her obstructed airway until she signals that she is OK.

“Our EMTs are the best. They’ve saved numerous lives, helped countless sick and injured people, and they display a level of professionalism and competence throughout this whole COVID crisis that could serve as an example to healthcare workers everywhere,” the department wrote. “Whenever we’ve needed them, they’ve been there for us. Yesterday, we got to be there for them.”

Lammer later wrote on her Facebook page that it was the “scariest moment of her life” and that she was doing well except for a sore throat and chest she suffered during the rescue.


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