BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. (AP) - A state trooper from Florence is the South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year for saving a life when he thought he was just going to be writing a ticket for running a red light.
Senior Trooper William McInville was honored Thursday for rescuing a choking 2-year-old while on patrol in June.
McInville says he saw a driver run a red light and nearly cause a wreck. When he stopped the car, a mother ran out holding her son and saying he wasn't breathing. McInville performed the Heimlich maneuver on the child and a piece of candy popped out.
The child recovered. Doctors say the boy would have likely suffered brain damage if his mother had kept driving to the hospital.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.