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GRPD recruits help rescue suffocating man

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Just three weeks into their training, and Grand Rapids police officer recruits Allison Koldan and Tyler Sheppard already take action to save someone's life.

"I think we were both in the right place at the right time," said Officer Sheppard. "Any of the officers there would have done the same."

Sheppard and Koldan were among 12 GRPD recruits helping to serve lunch Thursday afternoon to hungry and homeless people at God's Kitchen.

The meal was moving right along until 55-year-old guest Jerome Goldston started choking on a piece of food and couldn't breathe.

"So I proceeded to help him," explained Koldan. "I started to perform back blows on him like we are trained to do. Then I called my partner, Officer Sheppard, over."

"I asked him if he was okay," recalled Sheppard. "He couldn't respond to me. So I picked him up and performed the Heimlich maneuver on him. The food was dislodged and he was able to breathe again."

"He was ecstatic when he was able to talk and breathe," recalls Koldan. "The look on his face. He was really thankful we were there to help him out so that was really nice."

"It's why we got into law enforcement," says Sheppard. "Anytime we can help out the community is why we got into this profession."


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