Off-duty police officer saves girl from choking

Incident happened during Oregon Summer Fest
Off-duty police officer saves girl from choking

An off-duty Madison police officer is being credited with saving the life of a 4-year-old after he kept the girl from choking at a festival in Oregon.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Oregon Summer Fest.

Jordyn Carow, a 4-year-old girl from Oregon, was sitting on the lap of Madison police officer Trent Scanlon eating ice cubes, when her mother saw the girl was in some sort of distress.

When Scanlon saw Carow choking, he sprang into action.

“I looked down at (Carow), her face was bright red and her eyes as big as saucers,” Scanlon said.

Scanlon grabbed the child and started to perform an airway obstruction procedure to dislodge the item that was blocking oxygen, and Carow was able to breathe again.

“I will fully admit that I was terrified. Especially with (Carow) being involved and knowing her. It’s different,” Scanlon said. “I can’t explain it.”

Off-duty police officer saves girl from choking

After the incident, family members of the 4-year-old all said if it were not for Scanlon, they don’t know what would have happened.

“I don’t know if somebody else would have stepped in or not,” said Jessica Snow, Carow’s mom.

Carow’s grandpa, Jim Snow, said getting that phone call after his granddaughter choked was as bad as being there.

“Oh, my gosh, you couldn’t imagine the fear that went throughout me right away,” Jim Snow said. “That’s our only granddaughter.”

“I’m sure any one of us who are police officers would have acted the same way,” Scanlon said. “Whether you were on duty or off duty, (Carow) definitely needed help and I’m glad we were there.”

Family members said they’re grateful for the heroic actions of Scanlon.

“I’m very fortunate to have him as a friend of the family. I’m forever grateful,” said Jim Snow. 

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