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‘A community hero’: Passerby saves woman who was choking near Grayslake

Lake County resident Griffin Rebecca. | Provided Photo.

Police called a Lake County resident a community hero after he performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a woman who was choking on the side of the road near Grayslake.

Lake County resident Griffin Rebecca was driving eastbound on Route 120 near Mill Road in Wildwood on Saturday.

He saw a car pulled over on the side of the road and noticed a woman bent over outside near the front of the car, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The 42-year-old woman, who is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was choking and could not breathe. Rebecca immediately performed the Heimlich Maneuver on the female.

The woman’s large dog was inside of the vehicle and began attacking the man, but he continued his efforts to save the female’s life, the sheriff’s office said.

Rebecca freed the obstruction in the woman’s airway and she was able to begin breathing again.

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The sheriff’s office said that the man “undoubtedly” saved the woman’s life and was not concerned about the dog bites he sustained.

“[He was] just happy the choking female would be okay. Amazing job, Griffin!” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.