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Sheriff's deputy saves an inmate choking in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - On Monday afternoon, a custody deputy performed life-saving measures on a choking inmate. 

At around 2:30 p.m., Custody Deputy Christopher Martinez was working in the Main Jail when he saw an inmate holding a piece of bread and pointing towards his throat area. 

Martinez deciphered the inmate choking on the bread and began life-saving measures. 

Martinez removed the inmate from his housing area, turned the inmate around and began abdominal thrusts. 

After eight thrusts, the bread dislodged from the inmate's throat and he was able to breathe without any issues. 

A nurse practitioner examined the inmate and found that he did not need any further medical treatment.


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