Oelwein Officer Credited With Saving Choking Boy

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By Richard Pratt

OELWEIN (AP) — An Oelwein police officer is being credited with saving the life of a 2-year-old boy who was choking.

Officer Jay Tommasin was called to a home Tuesday and found Talyn Yearous was hardly breathing and was turning blue. He held Talyn and began repeated back blows until a marble finally popped loose and the boy began breathing normally.

Talyn was taken to Oelwein Mercy Hospital, where he was treated and then released.

The boy's mother, Nicole Pingree, credits the officer for being calm and adds that "had he not showed up, Talyn would not be here today."

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