Indiana State Police trooper saves choking woman with Heimlich at Evansville doughnut shop

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Mike Lehmkuhler saved the life of a woman who was choking, police say. (Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)

An Indiana State Police trooper rescued a woman who was choking Friday morning in a Vanderburgh County doughnut shop.

At around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Master Trooper Mike Lehmkuhler and Trooper Korey Mauck were having coffee at Donut Bank in Evansville when they heard an elderly woman coughing at the table next to them, according to an ISP news release. They overhead the woman’s daughter ask her if she was alright. Lehmkuhler approached the woman and asked her if she was choking and she nodded yes. While the woman was still sitting down, Lehmkuhler performed the Heimlich maneuver and immediately cleared her airway. He received a hug from the woman’s daughter and was thanked for saving her mother’s life, according to the release.

Lehmkuhler is a 17-year veteran with the Indiana State Police and has been an active SWAT team member for the last 11 years.