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Friday, August 31, 2012

Choking Victim Saved by Quick Thinking Citizens And First Responders

On August 29, 2012 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to the area of the Inlet Parking Lot in for CPR in progress.

According to witnesses, “Dove Point” (a Salisbury, MD center for persons w/ disabilities) was hosting a field trip for their patients. One of the participants identified at this time as a 44-year-old male, had just finished eating when a “Dove Point” staff member noticed the male was having trouble breathing. After noticing the victim was choking, trip chaperones attempted to assist him by performing the Heimlich maneuver but were unsuccessful.

The victim then became unconscious and trip chaperones began CPR. A bystander called 911 and then assisted with chest compressions. When officers arrived, they assessed the patient and promptly took over CPR until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to Atlantic General Hospital and as of yesterday afternoon is listed in stable condition.

The Ocean City Police Department would like to acknowledge the quick and heroic actions of these citizens as well as the officers and emergency responders involved. The continued support of the public has made it possible for the Town of Ocean City’s emergency personnel to provide the highest level of lifesaving care to over 8.5 million visitors a year.

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