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2 SEPTA officers help save choking man

Friday, February 15, 2013

Two SEPTA police officers went beyond the call of duty Friday, and perhaps saved a man's life.

The scare happened around 12 noon at the SEPTA building in Center City.

Officer Patrick Barr and Lieutenant Mike Gritsko found a man slumped over in the cafeteria.

The 60-year-old from Upper Darby had choked on a sandwich.

The pair cleared the crowd, and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver.

Both officers were glad to help and humbly declined to be called heroes.

"I don't feel like a hero, just doing my job. It was very nice to see him doing well and I wish him a speedy recovery," said Ofc. Barr.

"When he was getting taken out on the stretcher, he took the oxygen mask off, said thank you, gave us a thumbs up and shook our hands," said Lt. Gritsko.

Meanwhile the man was taken to Jefferson Hospital as a precaution but it's said to be okay.

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