OELWEIN - It's not a situation anyone would want to see, especially a police officer with young children.
Officer Jay Tommasin got the call from the Oelwein 911 Communications Center Tuesday. A 2-year-old boy was choking on an object. His skin was turning blue, and he was becoming lethargic. Tommasin said when he got there, he immediately fell back on his first-responder training.
"It just all took over," he said.
After six to eight back blows, a small, silver-colored marble was dislodged from Talyn Yearous' throat. Soon, the young boy began breathing normal again. Talyn was fine and didn't even get loaded onto the ambulance waiting nearby. He was treated at Mercy Hospital later and released, Oelwein police said.
It was the first time the Oelwein officer was put in that situation.
"I had small-children calls before, but never anything to this extent," he said.
Nicole Pingree, Talyn's mother, credits Tommasin with saving her son's life. She said the officer stayed calm during the incident.
"Had he not showed up, Talyn would not be here today," she said in a release from the Oelwein Police Department.
Chief Jeremy Logan said this was the fifth life-saving effort in the past eight years for the department. Logan said he was proud of Tommasin's quick response and actions in saving Talyn's life.
"We are grateful that Talyn is doing well and back at home playing with family and friends," Logan said in a release.