Watch: Father Begins Choking Until An Off-Duty Cop Steps In And Saves His Life

November 02, 2017

It was a terrifying evening for a Todd Hendricks and his son, Anthony, 6, last Saturday. The two were at a New Jersey restaurant catching a football game and eating boneless wings.

As Todd was eating, one of the chicken wings went down wrong, and he began to choke. His son didn't appear to know what was happening so he continued eating.

"I reached out for my drink, and I swallowed again, and I was like, 'That is not good,'" Todd recalled. "You can't breathe, real fast. It is scary; you are looking at your kid, you are choking, you are blacking out."

A man sitting at the table next to them heard Todd struggling and knew something was wrong. The off-duty New Jersey State Trooper, Dennis Palaia, quickly jumped into action and began the Heimlich maneuver.

"As soon as I heard the pound on the table, I heard the silverware shake and I turned around and looked back and saw that he was turning red," Dennis recalled.

Inside Edition reunited Todd and Dennis at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant where the incident happened. The two quickly embraced each other with a hug as they were clearly happy to see each other again.

Later in the interview, Dennis gave a step-by-step breakdown on how to properly perform the Heimlich maneuver. You can watch below.

As a reward for Dennis' heroic deed, Buffalo Wild Wings gave him free wings for a year. Do you think this police officer is a hero? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. In other news, while a police officer was ambushed by 3 criminals, he pressed a button to release his K9 partner. Do you believe the dog is a hero? Check out this amazing story!

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