Rookie Police Officer Saves Second Choking Victim In 7 Months

Westborough Police Officer John Sweeney

Police officers save many lives throughout their careers. However, it’s not as common for a rookie to save multiple victims from the same threat in their first year on the job.

Westborough Massachusetts Police Officer John Sweeney did just that, saving two people from choking to death in the first 7 months of working Law Enforcement.

The first incident occurred when Officer Sweeney accompanied Firefighters to the scene of an apartment fire. While firefighters and EMS rushed inside, John witnessed a man flee from the burning building. The man ran up to the ambulance near Sweeney and was clearly in distress. John immediately rendered aid in the form of the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging the obstruction.

The second incident occurred when a man called 911 because a baby stopped breathing. Officer Sweeney was working a traffic detail nearby when the man ran up to him with the unresponsive child. John again administered lifesaving tactics and cleared the baby’s airway.

Officer John Sweeney was awarded the local District Attorney’s excellence award for those in public safety.

We salute you and your excellent service John Sweeney! Keep up the good work.




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