New Jersey State Police Recruits are taught in the academy to expect the unexpected and to always be prepared to act. Trooper Dennis Palaia, of Troop “B” Tactical Patrol Unit, showed why this important lesson holds true whether on or off duty.
According to police, on Sunday, October 22, Trooper Palaia was enjoying a day off with his son at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Rockaway Township, when something went terribly wrong.
Shortly after sitting down to enjoy a Sunday of watching football with his son, Trooper Palaia noticed that a man at a nearby table was in distress. Without hesitation, he rushed to the man who was showing signs that he could not breathe.
Recognizing that the man was choking, he immediately began the Heimlich Maneuver. Trooper Palaia quickly wrapped his arms around the man’s waist and provided four abdominal thrusts, which cleared his airway.
The man was able to breathe and his skin tone returned to its natural color. The victim thanked Trooper Palaia for his life-saving efforts.
With the exception of a sore throat and aching ribs, the man made a full recovery and is eternally grateful to Trooper Palaia, whose quick and decisive actions undoubtedly prevented a tragedy.
Phenomenal job Trooper Palaia!