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Indiana trooper saves boy, 5, choking in family minivan

The boy and his family were heading home after vacationing in Michigan.
Credit: AP
This March 20, 2016 photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Trooper Ben Reason. Reason used the Heimlich maneuver to save a 5-year-old Georgia boy who began choking as his family was returning from vacation Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 in Miami County, Ind. Trooper Reason was on duty but headed home when he heard a dispatch call about an unconscious boy along U.S. 31 in Miami County and arrived 30 seconds later. Reason found the boy being held by his mother inside the family's stopped minivan and performed the Heimlich maneuver, causing the boy to expel an item from his throat. (Indiana State Police via AP)

PERRYSBURG, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana state trooper is being credited with saving a 5-year-old boy who began choking as his family was returning from vacation.

State police say Trooper Ben Reason was on duty but heading home Thursday when he heard a dispatch call about an unconscious boy along a nearby stretch of U.S. 31 in Miami County.

Reason arrived 30 seconds later and found Maddox Gates of Marietta, Georgia, being held by his mother inside the family's stopped minivan.

Reason performed the Heimlich maneuver and the boy expelled an item from his throat.

Responding firefighters gave the boy oxygen before he was hospitalized.

Maddox's father says his son is doing well after being released, and the family has resumed their journey home following a vacation in Michigan.

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