5-year-old girl is doing well this holiday season thanks to the quick thinking of a Utah transportation worker and state soldier who helped save her after a woman alerted them that the child was choking in his car.
Robert Bratton, a member of the Utah Department of Transportation incident management team, and a Utah Highway Patrol soldier prepared a response Wednesday night, moving a car from a freeway to a station- service located at 14814 S. Minuteman Drive.
Then, around 7:30 p.m., they spotted a vehicle “deviating erratically” in the parking lot of the gas station, according to UDOT officials.
“A distraught woman pulled into the parking lot and ran to her backseat – instantly I kind of knew there was something wrong,” Bratton said, in an interview provided. by UDOT Thursday.
The woman opened the back door of the vehicle where a 5-year-old girl was choking on a piece of food. It was at this point that Bratton pulled the girl out of the vehicle and performed a reverse Heimlich maneuver.
“I got down on my knees, placed her face down on (my other) knee and was able to start the Heimlich maneuver,” he said, remembering the moment. “After about four or five of them, I was able to dislodge the obstruction.”
The girl was able to start breathing again. The entire scene unfolded in less than a minute, captured on Private UHP Zesiger’s body camera.
“You’ve got the right (timing) guys,” the grateful woman says, as Bratton checks the girl immediately after her airway has been cleared.
It wasn’t the first time Bratton had found himself in a situation like the one that happened on Wednesday. UDOT’s incident management team responds to all kinds of emergencies, and Bratton received a Lifesaving Award from the Utah Department of Public Safety last year for saving the life of a youngster. age 15 in April 2020.
“We are so grateful that Rob and Private Zesiger were in the right place at the right time with the right skills to help save this child’s life,” UDOT officials wrote in a social media post Thursday. . “Please remember when you see our IMT trucks they are here to help. Our IMT members work tirelessly to help make Utah’s roads a safer place for everyone! “