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Associate Probation Officer Is Saved By Court Officer
Assistant Chief Court Officer Frank Barbour, Court Officer
Tracey Hampton-Jackman, and Chief Court Officer Kevin
Boston Municipal Court-Roxbury Division
Court Officer Anthony Holmes and Associate Probation
Officer Rosemary Wright.
Rosemary Wright, a six- year Associate Probation
Officer at Boston Municipal Court-Roxbury Division, was saved
from choking to death thanks to the quick response of court officers,
especially Anthony Holmes who performed the Heimlich Maneuver
which cleared Wright’s throat.
Wright, who was on an elevator, had gotten a piece
of candy lodged in her throat as she headed to the court’s
first session to relieve one of her co-workers. Assistant Chief
Court Officer Frank Barbour recognized that Wright was in distress
as she rushed off the elevator and towards the restroom. Barbour
followed and attempted to dislodge the object by taping Wright
on her back but it would not budge. Chief Court Officer Kevin
Thomas and Court Officers Tracey Hampton-Jackman and Anthony
Holmes also rushed to Wright’s aid.
Holmes, who was recognized by the Town of Milton
for saving a man from drowning in 1995, began the Heimlich Maneuver
after first asking Wright permission to perform it.
“I responded the only way I could by shaking
my head in the affirmative and on the third try, the piece of
candy which had been lodged mid-way down my throat popped out
of my mouth and only then did I feel a sense of relief,” Wright
recalled. “It was really scary.”
Holmes, who is six-feet, two inches tall, remembered
the momentary shock of discovering that the woman in distress
was a colleague and then the awkwardness of performing the Heimlich
on Wright who is just five-feet, two.
“Rose’s smiling face is the face that
greets me every morning when I go to work,” said Holmes. “I
heard the call coming over the radio. When I found her, she couldn’t
breath and her eyes were watering. I just prayed that I could
get it out. My first thought was ‘I don’t want to
fail.’ I wanted to do everything I could. Rose is a great
He added, “It was three thrusts and then it came out. After that, I went
back to the session.”
Holmes supervisor Assistant Chief Court Officer
Barbour said, “We’re CPR-trained as Court Officers.
There are a lot of seizures in court and other medical emergencies.
We have to come to the aid of people. It is very common for us.”