PARSIPPANY, NJ - On what was supposed to be a relaxing Sunday at the movies, quickly turned into a life and death heroic act from a Parsippany resident.

Last Sunday, November 18 while Nicolas Limanov was watching a movie at the Parsippany Cinepolis, he heard a scream for help from a female nearby.  Her husband was unconscious and not responding.  Limanov immediately mobilized into action realizing the victim was choking.  After advising his friend to call 911, Limanov administered the improvised version of the Heimlich maneuver as the male victim was sitting and heavy to lift.

“At first what appeared to be a possible sign of a heart issue I quickly realized from my training (being a public safety telecommunicator and first responder) that the victim was choking. The male victim in his 60’s was sweating profusely, attempting to gasp for air. I was directing people to help me get the male party out of his seat and his coat off so i can perform the Heimlich maneuver. I was able to dislodge the piece of hard candy from his throat by providing several back thrusts along with applying direct pressure below the abdomen while he was seated forward. The male then coughed up the piece of candy lodged in his throat. This could have been tragedy if his wife noticed him unconscious any later,” said Limanov.

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The male refused further medical attention and was immediately responsive after. Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officer Ryan Taylor responded to the scene.

Limanov urges others to receive certification of Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association as you never know when your loved one, a friend or the person right beside you might need their life saved. Courses are available at LifeSavers, Inc., 39 Plymouth Street, Fairfield. For more information click here, or email