MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Parkersburg man calls Morgantown State Police Trooper Corporal J.E. Baker his guardian angel sent by God.

Cpl. Baker was having lunch at the Eat’n Park Restaurant on Patteson Drive in Morgantown Tuesday afternoon when he heard a lady scream. He went to that area of the restaurant and noticed a man choking. Ian Coffman, 35, of Parkersburg, was holding his neck and turning blue in the face.

Cpl. Baker immediately administered the Heimlich maneuver. The food dislodged from Coffman’s throat and he began breathing again.

Coffman later said he was about ready to pass out when the Cpl. Baker moved in.

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  • jake

    They do not get the respect and honor they deserve. I have been stopped by them for going a little to fast and the was treated with respect.

    • Jonus Grumby

      The police represent a cross section of society. The overwhelming majority are good, decent people with an occasional "problem child" sprinkled in that were not weeded out at the time they were hired. Almost all give what they get. If you treat them with respect, they will do the same for you. Their efforts are appreciated by those who are on the right side of the law.

  • polarbear

    Slow down Mr. Coffman no one is going to take the food from you.

  • Paul

    He was just doing what the hard working tax payers pay him to do.

    • Seriously


  • John

    Just another service from West Virginia's Finest! Thank You

    • Charleston

      Amen! Well stated!

  • Jonus Grumby

    Great job! However it's no big deal to them. It's what they do every day. We owe a lot to the men & women in forest green.

  • Dale

    Thank goodness for our State Troopers and all first responders! You never know when you or a member of your family might need them.

    • Curly Joe