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Manchester Police detective saves young girl’s life

Manchester Township Police Detective Richard Jupinka was eating lunch at Café Napoli when a young child began to choke and could not breathe.

Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press

MANCHESTER — A township police officer was in the right place at the right time for a young girl who began to choke at a local restaurant and was unable to breathe, police said in a statement. 

The incident took place last Wednesday at Café Napoli in the Manchester Plaza shopping center on Route 70.

Manchester Police Detective Richard Jupinka was on his lunch break when a child started to choke on some food at an adjacent table in the restaurant, police said. 

Jupinka used the Heimlich Maneuver to clear the obstruction from the child’s airway, police said. 

“Once the obstruction was cleared, the child began breathing normally,” police said in the statement. “The child’s family declined the need for medical attention and thanked the officer for his life saving actions.”

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The child was not identified.

“Thankfully, one of our officers was in the right place at the right time,” said Manchester Police Chief Robert Dolan. “Had he not been there, this incident could have ended much differently.” 

Erik Larsen: 732-682-9359 or [email protected]   

Source: Asbury Park

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