WATCH: Off-duty trooper saves choking man at Buffalo Wild Wings

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (WFLA/CNN) – Without hesitation, he rushed to the man who was showing signs that he could not breathe.

An off-duty New Jersey State Trooper was seen on surveillance video saving a man’s life.

Dennis Palaia was with his son at Buffalo Wild Wings when he noticed something wrong at a table behind him.

A man was in distress and began showing visible signs that he couldn’t breathe.

Palaia jumped into action, wrapping his arms around the man’s waist and performed the Heimlich maneuver.

Besides a sore throat and aching ribs, the man made a full recovery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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