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APD Detectives save woman who was choking

Detective Oscar Merideth Jr and Detective Darryl Jones saved a woman who was choking. (Source:WALB) Detective Oscar Merideth Jr and Detective Darryl Jones saved a woman who was choking. (Source:WALB)
The incident started in the 1300 block of South Madison Street (Source:WALB) The incident started in the 1300 block of South Madison Street (Source:WALB)
The officers conducted a traffic stop with the woman and her mother near Alice and Madison Street (Source:WALB) The officers conducted a traffic stop with the woman and her mother near Alice and Madison Street (Source:WALB)
Det. Darryl Jones, Albany Police Department (Source:WALB) Det. Darryl Jones, Albany Police Department (Source:WALB)
Det. Oscar Merideth Jr., Albany Police Department (Source:WALB) Det. Oscar Merideth Jr., Albany Police Department (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Two Albany Police Officers are also being hailed heroes after saving a woman who was choking.

It was along South Madison Street where Detective Merideth and Detective Jones just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Their quick thinking saved a woman's life.

Tuesday afternoon in the 1300 block of South Madison Street Detective Darryl Jones and Detective Oscar Merideth came upon an emergency situation.

"At which point we noticed a vehicle with subjects inside with erratic behavior the vehicle kind of swerved a little bit and some items were thrown out the window,” said Detective Darryl Jones, Albany Police Department.

They met the frantic driver at the intersection of Alice and Madison Street.

"I actually saw a person coming out of the vehicle,” said Detective Oscar Merideth Jr. “I ran up to the door on the passenger side and I saw the lady at that time the driver was screaming that she was choking."

The driver's mother was choking on a piece of chicken. Detective Jones called 9-1-1 and Detective Merideth took action to save the woman's life.

"I pulled the passenger outside of the vehicle and then I started administering the Heimlich maneuver to see if I could possibly assist her,” said Merideth.

The officers said everything happened in a matter of seconds.

"When you have a situation like that you not familiar with how fast or how long it's going you're just trying to assist the person in need," said Merideth.

"Mr. Merideth really didn't think twice about jumping in and helping,” said Jones. “He just went right in. It's just something that he does as a person and also as a police officer."

On the Albany Police Department's Facebook page the daughter says it was a miracle that her mother was saved by the detectives.

"I'm glad that the lady is ok,” said Jones.

"A lot of times people have a negative connotation with police officers that we're just out here to put people in jail, but we're out here to help people in general,” said Merideth.

The officers say if you ever come across a similar situation it's always best to call 911 first and while first responders are on the way to try to administer the Heimlich maneuver.

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