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May 15, 2018 > Officer recognized for life-saving actions

Officer recognized for life-saving actions

Submitted By Milpitas PD

Thanks to the quick action of a Milpitas police officer, a 7-year-old girl was saved from chocking at a local restaurant in early April. In recognition of his efforts that day, Officer Mattison Madnick was recently presented with a Lifesaving Medal award by Milpitas Police Department Chief Armando Corpuz.

The award was given to Madnick on Wednesday, May 9, during a City of Milpitas Public Safety Day ceremony.

The events started at about 6:04 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 when officers were dispatched to a medical aid call about a girl choking at a restaurant on South Abbott Avenue. Officer Madnick arrived on scene within one minute and met with the girl and her mother outside of the restaurant. The girl was holding her neck and unable to breath. Madnick immediately performed abdominal thrusts on the girl, which did not work, and the girl lost consciousness. Madnick quickly assembled the breathing apparatus from his first aid kit as the girl's father and a bystander began CPR.

Then, MadnickÕs first aid training kicked in, and he immediately determined that the girl had an obstructed airway. He lifted her chin and tilted her head back, and then conducted a finger sweep of her mouth to dislodge any foreign object. Soon the girl began gasping for air and then personnel from the Milpitas Fire Department and Rural/Metro Ambulance Services arrived and rushed the girl to a hospital for medical treatment.

Several days later the family reported that doctors surgically removed a large piece of meat from their daughter's throat, and she spent some time recovering at the hospital. The family said they are thankful for Madnick's quick response and lifesaving efforts.

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