On October 2, 2010 at approximately 8:00 p.m. while off duty and eating dinner with his family, 16 year police veteran Edward Mitchko noticed a man who was grabbing his throat apparently choking on his meal at the Reservoir Dinner in Parsippany. Detective Mitchko could also see another individual trying to dislodge the food with the Heimlich maneuver but was performing the procedure backwards.
Detective Mitchko sprang into action and performed the proper maneuver on the choking patient. After several attempts the patient began to pass out and was assisted to a seated position. After several more thrusts by Detective Mitchko the food became dislodged and the patient began to breathe on his own and eventually regained full consciousness.
A short while later the Parsippany Police and Parsippany Ambulance Squad arrived where the patient decline any further medical attention.