Cpl. John Crady, Seguin Police

A Seguin police officer is credited with saving the life of a man who was choking in a local restaurant on Friday afternoon.

The Seguin Police Department said Cpl. John Crady is being hailed a hero after jumping into action and performing the Heimlich maneuver on a patron of 1838 Grille around 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

“A witness stated that the officer, who was having lunch at the restaurant, came out of nowhere and quickly began performing the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food,” Seguin Police spokesperson Officer Tanya Brown said in a news release about the incident. “The witness stated that (he/she) was thankful that the officer was there and reacted so quickly to the situation.”

Crady just said he just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“I was just doing my job,” he said. “That’s what I am here for, to help people.”

Javier Marquez, co-owner of 1838 Grill, said he was grateful that the officer happened to be there when the man started choking.

“He was there really, really quickly,” he said.

The officer headed to the restaurant to grab a meal togo, and as he was waiting for his meal talking with Marquez, a waitress told Crady that a man was choking and asked for his help.

“I looked over and a guy was trying to perform the Heimlich maneuver but didn’t seem to be having any luck, so I ran over there,” he said.

Before Marquez could react, he said Crady was already there helping.

“I had things in my hand and I barely turned around to put things down and Crady was already gone, already there,” he said.

It took the officer just a couple of tries and he was able to dislodge the object.

“I grabbed the guy and did about two, three thrusts and then I ask him if he could breathe, he didn’t say anything but he shook his head ‘yes,’” Crady said.

After dislodging the item that was blocking the man’s airway, Crady sat with the man for a few moments to make sure he was alright before grabbing his meal and heading back to work.

“He sat with him and took care of him and made sure he was OK,” Marquez said. “As soon as the man said he was fine, Crady just left.”

A witness reported the incident to the police department, wanting to let them know of the good deed Crady performed, Brown wrote.

“Corporal John Crady, thank you, sir, for recognizing that the man was in distress and taking quick action to clear his airway,” she said.

Marquez agreed, saying that Crady should be applauded for his efforts.

“He was able to save this man,” Marquez said.

The officer credits the training he receive for an occasion such as this.

“We do get CPR trained and certified every couple of years,” he said.

Felicia Frazar is the managing editor of the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at felicia.frazar@seguingazette.com

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