N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--January 1998


Clinton - Sharp eyes and quick action by a correctional officer saved a choking child. correctional officer Wayne Thornton was traveling home when he spotted a school bus stopped by the road and a commotion on board. Stopping to help, Thornton learned from the bus driver that a high school student was choking on a piece of candy. A 9-1-1 call had already been made seeking emergency assistance. Thornton used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the candy and clear the student's airway. he then directed the child to sit down and take long, deep cleansing breaths. After watching her for a few minutes, the emergency call was cancelled and the bus resumed its normal route with the child seated so the driver could closely observe her.

"I'm proud of Officer Thornton's quick action and glad that was well trained in use of the Heimlich maneuver which he learned in correctional officer basic training," said Superintendent Steve Muller.

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