Employee saves customer’s stifling life at Rockaway sandwich
A sandwich shop employee saved the life of a choking woman Friday afternoon in Rockaway, according to authorities and a dramatic security video from inside the shop.
The video showed that Danielle Bocelli, 21, used the Heimlich maneuver as soon as she realized that a customer at lunchtime was choking on Primo Hugues.
“Right now, with the adrenaline, I kind of didn’t think,” she said in an interview. “I just did that.”
Bocelli, a Randolph resident, learned the Heimlich maneuver during CPR training she received as a teen.
Her father joined the Randolph Township Fire Department after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, so Bocelli said she grew up around fist-responders, and joined the fire department when she was 16. There, she had to be re-certified in CPR every two years.
So when the woman, who was not identified by the authorities, began to choke on a sandwich, Bocelli said she was ready.
“I ran behind the table and did the Heimlich maneuver,” Bocelli said. “I was ready for this moment. Now you have to do what you have been trained to do.”
Buccelli said she works at Primo Hoagies about 40 hours divided into five or six days a week. “All around, it’s a really nice place to work,” she added.
Primo Hoagies’ office said the company gave Buccelli $1,000 to save a woman’s life on Friday. She plans to either save the money or use it for her next fall wedding.
“Daniel, literally from the start, has been an amazing employee,” said Vinnie DeRose, general manager of Rockaway. “(She) always took care of everyone who came, and was just a very hardworking worker.”
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