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Deputy saves man from choking to death

Deputy saves man from choking to death

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(KSL News) A quick-thinking sheriff's deputy may have saved the life of a man who was choking on his lunch.

Salt Lake County sheriff's Deputy Moses Fernandez was having lunch with fellow deputies at the Chicken Express restaurant when he saw a man standing with his hands to his throat.

Fernandez asked him if he needed help, but the man waved him off. Seconds later, the man waved the deputy over for help, and Fernandez performed the Heimlich maneuver.

Deputy saves man from choking to death

"I think it just happens. I would hope it would happen to me; someone would be out there, and just a regular citizen would do it to me," Fernandez said.

The man then left the restaurant.

The sheriff's office is praising the deputy's actions and believes he saved the man's life.

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