(FOX 11) - An off-duty deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department is being called a hero.
This is deputy Robert Carrasco holding a smiling three-year-old Nathan Lopez.
Last month Carrasco was having dinner with his family at a restaurant when he noticed Nathan was choking.
He raced over gave him several blows to the back and eventually dislodged a piece of candy that was stuck in Nathan's throat.
Nathan's mom and dad admitted they felt helpless when their son was choking and credit Carrasco for saving his life.
Copyright 2017 FOX 11 Los Angeles: Download our mobile app for breaking news alerts or to watch FOX 11 News | Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Be a citizen journalist for FOX 11 and get paid - download the Fresco News App today.