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Dash cam video captures officer saving choking woman

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Officer Jason Gates saved a choking driver during a recent shift. (Source: WOOD/CNN) Officer Jason Gates saved a choking driver during a recent shift. (Source: WOOD/CNN)

KALAMAZOO, MI (WOOD/CNN) – A traffic stop turned into a life-saving opportunity for a Michigan police officer.

Officer Jason Gates of the Kalamazoo Police Department pulled over a woman after she ran through a traffic light.

"I didn't really intend to issue a ticket but I didn't think I wasn't really doing my job if I didn't stop and talk to her," he said.

But the woman started choking. The incident was captured on the dash cam in Gates’ patrol car.

"For the first second or so I thought she might be trying to get out of ticket. And then I realized," Gates said.

She wasn’t faking.

“I tried to dislodge the item from her throat by hitting her on the back, when that didn't work, I got her out and I used the Heimlich Maneuver for the first time in my nine year police career and it worked," Gates said.

The Heimlich was followed by hugs from a grateful driver.

"I'm glad I was there for her," Gates said.

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