Deputy performs Heimlich on the side of the road to save choking child


A Washington, Ind. mother is counting her blessings after a Daviess County Sheriff Deputy saved her son’s life.

This was a prime example of being in the right place at the right time.

Deputy Justin Williams was off duty when he found himself performing life saving measures on a 7-year-old on the side of the road.

Autumn Akers was driving when she noticed there was something wrong with her 7-year-old son, Alex.

“I just saw him, he was kind of doing like this and gasping. I said, “are you choking,” and he couldn’t reply.”

“I had it in my mouth and I accidentally swallowed it,” said Alex.

He was eating a mint and started to choke. That’s when his mom jumped out of the car and flagged down the only other vehicle on the country road.

“I seen a female exit the van, looked to me like she was in a panic. At this time I pulled up next to her to ask her if she was okay,” says Daviess County Sheriff Deputy Justin Williams.

Then Williams saw Alex in the back seat, “I could tell he was struggling his face was a little blue.”

“Once he hopped out of his truck it was like relief. I knew that he was going to be okay,” says Akers. She was frozen in panic, “He was so quick and just jumped right in and took over. And that is exactly what I needed him to do.”

Williams is also a parent and knows how stressful it can be when one of your kids needs help, “my kids have choked before and I was able to help them.”

This experience, though scary, served as an eye opener for Alex and his mom.

“At any second something can happen and things could have turned out totally different if the officer had not been there,” says Akers.

“I think God just put me at the right place at the right time,” says Williams.

“And I am never eating mints again,” adds Alex.

The Daviess County Sheriff said that he plans to submit Deputy Williams for a life saving award later this year for his quick and heroic actions.

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