VIDEO: Off-duty trooper saves choking man in restaurant

(Courtesy: CNN Newsource/New Jersey State Police)

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ (WSYX/WTTE) -- When seconds mattered, an off-duty New Jersey state trooper was there to save the day without thinking twice.

Trooper Dennis Palaia, was enjoying a Sunday off with his son at Buffalo Wild Wings in Rockaway Township when he noticed something wrong at a table behind him. Video released by New Jersey State Police showed a man was in distress and began showing visible signs that he couldn't breathe

Trooper Palaia quickly wrapped his arms around the man’s waist and performed the Heimlich Maneuver, which cleared the man's airway and allowed him to breath normally.

Besides a sore throat and aching ribs, the man made a full recovery thanks to the quick-thinking of Trooper Palaia.

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