Security officer in New York saves a choking 10-year-old student with a Heimlich maneuver

NEWBURGH, New York — An Orange County security officer is being hailed as a hero after helping a choking young girl.

This week, Ariana Miranda enjoyed lunch with the many other students at Balmville Elementary School, in a similar scene to last Tuesday when the energetic fifth grader downed a rather large and rather juicy piece of orange.

Unfortunately, this slice of fruit got stuck in her throat and she couldn’t breathe.

“I didn’t try because I knew I thought if I breathed in it might get deeper and heavier,” Ariana said. “So I wasn’t really concentrating on breathing. I was focused on taking it out.”

The whole focus didn’t work. Then security monitor Hector Almodovar took matters into his own hands.

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“I looked over and saw a finger like she was trying to throw up,” Almodovar said. “So I just stood up and she couldn’t speak, she didn’t talk, she didn’t say anything at all, so I just did the secret.”

He said it took about three pumps and then he heard her voice and the piece of fruit came out.

Where did Security Monitor Almodovar learn the skills not only to perform the Heimlich Maneuver but also to spot potential dangers? He had some training in school, but 25 years as a housing officer with the New York City Police Department certainly helped.

“Just when I saw her choke and she wasn’t responding, I knew I had to do something,” Almodovar said. “I could not wait for it.”

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Because of Almodovar’s quick response, 10-year-old Ariana now has a clear throat and grateful heart.

“I knew that this story would take a different turn if no one took action, and maybe I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” Ariana said.

That turns Almodóvar from security guard to guardian angel.

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