This week, Ariana Miranda enjoyed lunch with many other students at Balmville Elementary School, in a scene similar to last Tuesday, when the energetic fifth grader dropped a rather large and rather juicy piece of orange.
Unfortunately, this slice of fruit stuck in her throat and she could not breathe.
“I did not try because I knew, I thought that if I inhaled, it could get deeper and harder,” said Ariana. “Well, I was not really focused on breathing. I focused on getting it out.”
All this focus did not work. It was then that security supervisor Hector Almodovar took matters into his own hands.
“I looked up and saw a finger, as if trying to make herself vomit,” Almodβvar said. “Well, as soon as I got up and he could not speak, he did not speak, he said absolutely nothing, so I did the Heimlich.”
She said it took about three pumps and that was when she heard her voice and the fruit came out.
Where did Almodovar security monitoring learn the skills not only to perform Heimlich maneuver, but also to recognize potential danger? He had some training at school, but his 25 years as a NYPD housing officer certainly helped.
“As soon as I saw her drowning and not responding, I knew I had to do something,” Almodβvar said. “I could not wait.”
Due to Almodovar’s quick response, 10-year-old Ariana now has a clear neck and a grateful heart.
“I knew that if no one took a role, this story would take a different turn and I probably would not be here if it were not for him,” Ariana said.
This raises Almodovar from a security screen to a guardian angel.
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