TRENTON, N.J. — A Florence family has two state troopers to thank for saving the life of their special needs son alongside Route 129 in the city Sunday afternoon, the New Jersey State Police said today.
Troopers James Hearne and Ruben Benavidez were patrolling on Route 129 around 4 p.m. Sunday when they were flagged down on the northbound side of the highway near Lalor Street by a "frantic" woman, said Sgt. Adam Grossman, a State Police spokesman. The father, 38-year-old Filadelfo Estrada, told the troopers his 13-year-old son Julian was choking on food and couldn't breathe.
Hearne remembered racing up to the family's truck on the side of the roadway, where Estrada was trying to help his son. "It looked like he was trying to perform the Heimlich maneuver on him," Hearne said.