Cop in Long Branch Saves Infant Choking on Candy Wrapper

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) -

Authorities say a police officer saved the life of an infant who was choking on a candy wrapper.

Long Branch Police say Omar Akel and another officer went to a Lippincott Avenue home on Friday after a 911 caller said a 9-month-old girl was choking on something. The home is not far from the city’s police headquarters.

Akel was able to quickly dislodge the obstruction and clear the child’s airway.

He told the Asbury Park Press that the child’s skin was turning blue and her parents were emotional when he first arrived. But the infant soon started to cry and her skin color soon returned to normal.

Akel has been with the department for about a year. Before that, he served as an emergency medical technician.