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.READ MORE: Erik Chimborazo Hit With Multiple Charges Following 2-Car Crash That Killed Lyft Driver In Maspeth, Queens
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.READ MORE: Israel's Parliament Approves New Government, Ending Netanyahu's 12-Year Rule
The officer’s actions most likely saved the man’s life, according to Inspector Ronald Shindel, Commanding Officer of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.MORE NEWS: Ned Beatty, Legendary Character Actor Known For 'Deliverance,' 'Network,' Dead At Age 83
Masciana has been suggested for the Port Authority’s medial medal for his quick-thinking actions which likely saved the day.