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Passengers, First Responders Work Together to Save a Life

Thanks to the quick efforts by Sky Harbor Communications Center employees, Phoenix Police officers, Phoenix Firefighters and two nurses, a man traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor on Saturday, May 24, is alive today.

During the evening of Saturday, May 24, the man was traveling through Terminal 4 and collapsed. Aviation Department Communications dispatchers Mary Aldham and Elizabeth Garcia took the call and rapidly notified Police and Fire to be dispatched to the scene. Meanwhile, two traveling nurses were nearby and were able to retrieve a nearby Automated External Defibrillator (AED). They started chest compressions before Police Officers Steve Butler and Dave Elting arrived.

Officer Butler continued chest compressions while Officer Elting administered the AED. The Fire Department soon arrived on-scene to continue lifesaving efforts and transport the patient. The quick actions of all involved helped in the recovery of the traveler.

This is the 38th AED save at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. There are more than 85 AEDs available at Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports. AEDs are also available in the PHX Sky Train® stations. Employees and volunteers are regularly trained by Phoenix Fire Paramedics to correctly use AEDs in the event of an emergency. In fact, more than 2,000 Airport employees and volunteer Navigators have been trained.

Published: June 9, 2014


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