Hernando’s deputy on leave saves choking woman at Texas Roadhouse

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – An off-duty Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy rescued a choking woman as he prepared to return home with his family after dinner in a Texas Roadhouse.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said on December 29 that Deputy C. Morito was leaving the restaurant with his family when he saw a woman who appeared to be choking.

He rushed over to her to ask if she was choking and if he could help her.

The sheriff’s office said she nodded and Morito “quickly positioned himself to perform the Heimlich maneuver” to dislodge the food the restaurant was choking on.

After a few attempts, Morito was successful and the woman’s airways were cleared.

“It’s a good feeling to know that we have someone like Deputy Morito always ready to help our community when needed. We applaud the dedication, compassion and quick-witted attitude that Deputy Morito displayed, even when he was off duty eating dinner at a local restaurant, ”said Major K. Hayden, commander of the law enforcement office.

Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services came to the scene to further assess the woman, and she is expected to make a full recovery.

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