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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