DARIEN, Conn. -- An off-duty Darien Police sergeant leapt into action and saved a woman from choking at a restaurant in New York last weekend, according to the Darien Times.
Sgt. T.J. Moore was at a restaurant in Suffern, N.Y. on May 27 for his mother-in-law's birthday when a woman at the table next to him started choking, the Darien Times reported. She stood up and grabbed her throat, and Moore recognized the signs and acted quickly to help her, according to the Darien Times. He performed the Heimlich maneuver on her three or four times and was able to clear her throat, according to the Darien Times.
Moore then sat with the woman, who was celebrating her anniversary and was very grateful, the Darien Times reported. Moore told the Darien Times that he was in the right place at the right time, and that when he saw what was happening his training kicked in.
His father Tom, a retired state police officer, saw what happened and told the Darien Times that he was very proud of his son's actions. Darien Police Chief Ray Osborne spoke with the Darien Times and said that he was not surprised by Moore's actions, calling the 15-year veteran of the department a "true professional."