Garfield police officer saves 5-year-old boy choking on quarter

Five-year-old David Samiel and Garfield Office Francisco Sanchez are reunited after the officer saved the boy's life while he was choking.

Five-year-old David Samiel and Garfield Office Francisco Sanchez are reunited after the officer saved the boy's life while he was choking. (2/9/16)

GARFIELD - A Garfield family is thanking one of the city’s police officers after the officer saved the life of their son.

Garfield Police Officer Francisco Sanchez was called to the Samiel family’s home Saturday after 5-year-old David swallowed a quarter and started choking.

“He immediately grabbed baby David and started to calm him down,” says grandfather David Samiel Sr. “[My grandson] began to relax. [Officer Sanchez] placed him on his leg and he made him throw up and I saw the quarter come out.”

The boy was checked out and determined to be OK. 

On Tuesday, the boy and police officer were reunited. Young David picked out all his favorite items to put into a gift basket for Officer Sanchez. The officer gave young David a badge and coloring book.

This is not the first time Officer Sanchez saved a life. He’s been involved in two other lifesaving moments. He once helped a traveler at JFK airport and also helped someone out of a burning building. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

One person was killed in a shooting on 1 At least 1 dead in Thursday night Newark shooting
Genesis Rincon was shot and killed by a 2 Man pleads guilty for death of 12-year-old girl
Kane In Your Corner continues its investigation into 3 KIYC: NJSPCA no-bid contracts questioned
Marist High School in Bayonne is not giving 4 Marist High School appeals to Pope in final attempt to stay open
VIDEO: Interview with former Suffolk County Executive Steve 5 VIDEO: Interview with former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE