Rookie Cop Saves Tot Choking on Halloween Candy
South Bay toddler alive thanks to a quick-thinking cop
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: A pumpkin is seem out front a home as children trick or treat though streets on Halloween Day on October 31, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Halloween, also known as Hallowe'en and shortened from its original form of All Hallows' Even, is internationally celebrated on October 31 and originates from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was a celebration recognising the end of the harvest in Gaelic culture. (Photo by Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images)
Monday, Nov 2, 2009 Updated at 7:21 AM PDT
Officer Matthew Bordoni has been on the San Jose police force for less than a year but he is already being called a hero.
Bordoni and two other officers were checking street vendor licenses in East San Jose around 10 a.m. Sunday when Bordoni spotted a toddler having trouble breathing.
He patted the boy on the back, but the 2-year-old started turning blue.
That's when Bordoni performed a successful Heimlich maneuver that sent a piece of Halloween candy flying out of the boy's mouth.
The boy, who was not injured, was released to his parents.