HERNANDO COUNTY, FL. – A Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Detention Deputy is being hailed a hero after saving an inmate who was choking on food Tuesday.
According to Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday around 10:20 am. Deputy B. Collito was working at the booking release desk when an inmate, who appeared to be choking, approached the desk.
Deputy Collito observed the inmate pointing to his throat while attempting to speak. Deputy Collito asked the inmate if he was choking to which the inmate replied by nodding his head.
The deputy immediately positioned himself behind the inmate and performed the Heimlich maneuver, according to HCSO.
Deputy Collito was successful in getting the food dislodged from the inmate’s throat and reopening his airway.
“Although our detention deputies are not in the public’s eye, they still have to be prepared to administer lifesaving measures at a moment’s notice,” said Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis. “Their dedication and professionalism are appreciated.”
The inmate was escorted to the medical unit at the detention center for further evaluation and is expected to make a full recovery.
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