Brevard Sheriff’s Deputy Jorge Lopez Saves Boy From Choking To Death At Melbourne Restaurant
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // March 5, 2018
Saved The Child At Chipotle Restaurant in Melbourne
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As the Sheriff’s Office annual Awards Ceremony quickly approaches on Friday, April 13 at Church of Viera, I would like to lead up to the event by sharing with you some of the incredible accomplishments of your Brevard County Sheriff’s Office employees who will be recognized that evening during the event.
Our first employee to be recognized is Deputy Jorge Lopez of our South Precinct. While Deputy Lopez was expecting to have a nice quiet lunch at the Chipotle Restaurant in Melbourne, things would soon change when he noticed a 10-year-old child sitting in the restaurant who appeared to be in distress.
Deputy Lopez, who was in line with Officer Robida of the Melbourne Police Department, observed the child choking on food at a table in the restaurant.
Deputy Lopez observed the father ask his son if he was “OK?” The child was not responding to his father’s question. Upon seeing this, Deputy Lopez rushed over and asked the child if he was “OK?” He could see that the child was gasping for air and pointing to his throat.
Deputy Lopez began applying a series of abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver) and back blows for several seconds. Through his actions, the airway was cleared and the child was able to breathe again.
While Deputy Lopez worked to clear the child’s airway, Officer Robida contacted Brevard County Fire Rescue, who responded to the scene.
An examination of the child revealed that he was breathing normally and did not sustain any injuries from the trapped food that was dislodged from his airway.
Officer Robida stated that Deputy Lopez’s quick response to the choking juvenile helped avert tragedy.
Please join me in congratulating Deputy Jorge Lopez for his life-saving efforts and his commitment to protecting our citizens. Great Job Jorge!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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