Today I received a phone call from Ray Cross. I have known Mr. Cross for many years from his position as an administrator at Eggers School. He wanted to commend one of my officers for an outstanding deed that he performed yesterday.
It seems that a boy began choking on a piece of meat in the cafeteria. A student ran and grabbed Corporal Boyzie Coulter who was working as the school/police liaison officer. Corporal Coulter ran into the cafeteria, and after realizing how dire the situation was, grabbed the boy and began administering the Heimlich maneuver on the child. It’s basically a series of forceful abdominal thrusts used to dislodge obstructions in the airway. After several attempts, Corporal Coulter was able to clear the boy’s airway, and he began breathing again.
Certainly one can imagine what would have happened to the boy if it were not for the efforts of Corporal Boyzie Coulter. I am very proud of him and our police department.
Police work can be very frustrating. There were many busy nights when I felt that I didn’t matter, and wasn’t making a difference. I hope when Officer Coulter is having one of those nights he will remember that day in the cafeteria, and this boy. Because in one life, he truly made a difference.
Nice work Boyzie!
Chief Brian Miller