NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Port Authority police officer is being hailed as a hero after saving a choking man at the agency’s heavily-trafficked midtown bus terminal.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says Officer Vincent Masciana was on patrol when he spotted a 46-year-old man gasping for air, unable to breathe in the south wing of the terminal Sunday night.

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Officer Masciana performed the Heimlich maneuver, which dislodged a “volume of food” that had been stuck in the man’s throat after two tries, allowing the man to breathe on his own.

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The officer’s actions most likely saved the man’s life, according to Inspector Ronald Shindel, Commanding Officer of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

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Masciana has been suggested for the Port Authority’s medial medal for his quick-thinking actions which likely saved the day.