One high school student found out the hard way that fast food can be very bad for your health.
Luckily, though, there was a hero on call who not only saved her life, but also renewed her determination to follow her dreams.
Sarah Bazzini was walking while eating when she realized something was stuck.
On April 17, Sarah Bazzini, a senior at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, New Jersey, was walking back to class from lunch. As she walked, she was finishing off the last bite of a french fry when she suddenly realized it became caught in her throat.
“I knew it was lodged in my throat,” Sarah told CBS New York. “My drink, which was in my hard, couldn’t get it down.”
Despite a few attempts at trying to dislodge the fry, it was clear that she was choking.
“After a couple of seconds I slowly felt myself fading, to be honest with you,” Sarah told CBS New York.
Stumbling, Sarah looked for someone to help her.
Sarah began to panic. Unable to breath properly, she stumbled along the hallways looking for help. That was when she saw her school’s law enforcement officer, Roger Caron, walking towards her.
“I noticed Sarah didn’t seem right,” Caron told CBS New York.
Caron spent 34 years in the Woodcliff Police Department and a further three years at the school—he was used to taking quick action in emergency situations. So, when he saw Sarah, her color fading while she pointed to her throat, he knew exactly what was wrong.
Without missing a beat, Caron spun the girl around to perform the Heimlich maneuver. With each thrust he lifted the young girl off the floor, and after several moments the rogue french fry was, thankfully, dislodged.
Sarah was out of danger—Caron saved her life and inspired her, as well.
Caron saved her life. Had he not been in the right place at the right time, things could have gone much worse. And no one knew that more than the grateful Sarah.
“There’s such a special bond with him now,” Sarah told CBS New York. “He’s a hero.”
While the school trains all its staff and students in life-saving techniques, few have the experience necessary to put those skills into practice like Caron.
But while he’s being called a hero, he’s just happy to have helped.
“It’s wonderful to know you can help somebody and that’s what I took from this,” Caron told CBS New York.
And for Sarah, Caron’s actions meant so much more, too. Not only did she discover her hero that day, but the experience also reaffirmed Sarah’s childhood ambition to become a police officer.