Life-Saving Training pays off when Off-duty Sergeant Saves Choking Victim

August 1, 2001

"Life-Saving Training pays off when Off-duty Sergeant Saves Choking Victim"

Saugus: On April 29, 2001, Los Angeles Police Sergeant Russel Kilby was off-duty, dining with a friend at LaCene Restaurant, located at 12625 Sierra Highway, in Saugus, when a female patron at the restaurant started choking on her food. Sergeant Kilby responded to the pleas for help from the waitress who, along with other patrons and the victim’s husband, had become paralyzed to the emergency at hand. Sergeant Kilby reached the victim, who by now was not able to breathe, and performed a "Heimlich" maneuver, dislodging the food in the victim’s throat.
Both, the victim and her husband, expressed their sincere appreciation for Sergeant Kirby’s quick action, and were grateful to the Los Angeles Police Department for training its officers with this life-saving maneuver.

On Thursday, August 2, 2001, at 10:30 a.m., Sergeant Russ Kilby, assigned to West Traffic Division, will be presented with an award from the Bank of America for saving the life of a choking woman. The presentation will be held at West Traffic Division, Community Room, at 4849 West Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles.
The choking woman is the Community Manager of the Bank of America and will be present, along with Sergeant Kilby, during the presentation.
For further information, contact Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.
This update was prepared by Officer La Donna Cissell, Media Relations Section.