SOUTH CAROLINA (CNN) – Dramatic dash cam video shows a police officer saving a woman’s life on the side of a busy interstate. She was choking, and his quick thinking and life saving skills got her breathing again.
It was a normal day patrolling for state transport police officer EJ New as he rolled along interstate 85 in Anderson County last month. Within moments, he pulled a truck over for a violation. Out of view of the camera, another truck pulls in behind him.
New said, “Lady gets out, comes running up to me, I thought she was coming to ask for directions or to say someone cut her off, but she was actually choking.”
Officer New said it was clear the truck driver needed his help. His training kicked into action. He said, “I got her off the side of the road, back to the front of the car and performed the Heimlich maneuver.
“The first two or three compressions didn’t… nothing happened. On the 3rd or 4th one, I felt her body go limp like she was going to pass out on me and I gave her a little extra thrust and as you can see the candy flew out of her mouth.”
Out of frame, you can hear the woman breathing, crying and coughing. Officer New is humble about his actions, but those who work with him consider him a hero. New said, “Just thank God that God put me there.”
Col. Leroy Taylor said, “We’re just very proud of him, he allowed his training to kick in and he took care of the situation.”
You hear the woman give her thanks to the transport police officer, in the right place at the right time. “Thank you so much. I don’t know what I would have done if I wouldn’t have saw you guys.” Moments later, she went back to her truck and drove away. Now, the hope is that she will come forward.
New said, “I would actually like to meet her. I didn’t even know her name, I didn’t ask. I just did what I had to do.”
Believe it or not, this is the second time Officer New has saved someone’s life. He performed CPR on a man having a heart attack, when he was in college. He says this all shows the importance of being trained in life saving skills.