GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — While new recruits from the Grand Rapids Police Department were serving meals to the homeless, one recruit noticed a man choking and jumped into action.
Twelve new GRPD recruits helped prepare and serve lunches to the homeless at God’s Kitchen on Division Avenue on Thursday.
Recruit Officers Allison Kolden and Tyler Sheppard noticed a man slumped in his chair. When they noticed he wasn’t breathing, Sheppard went to the rescue and was able to dislodge a piece of food from Jerome Goldston, according to a GRPD release.
“I just saw him there and noticed he couldn’t breathe. I picked him up, did a few back blows, then performed the Heimlich maneuver, and the man started breathing,” said Sheppard. “It was a good thing we just had a CPR class this morning.”
The officers in training also toured Heartside Ministries, Mel Trotter Ministries, Dégagé Ministries and the Heartside neighborhood.