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Phoenix Police Officers, Passengers Save Two Lives at Sky Harbor

Just days after the 13th anniversary of the official kick-off of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, two individuals were saved due to the use of an AED and CPR.

Around 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, a man and his wife arrived from Kansas City. While walking in Terminal 4, the man fainted and then lost consciousness. A cardiologist and a nurse who were also traveling were in the vicinity and came to the assistance of the man. An AED was retrieved, and Airport Police Officers Dave Elting, John Monigan, and Tim Henningsen responded to the scene. The AED did not activate due to the man’s medical condition, however, the officers began administering CPR until Phoenix Firefighters arrived. Firefighters administered medications, and the man was transported to the hospital. Emergency Room staff said it was the officers’ application of CPR that saved the individual’s life.

Then, on the morning of Monday, February 17, Officer Bach was notified that a man from Calgary on layover at Sky Harbor was unconscious in a bathroom in Terminal 4. Officer Bach pulled an AED en route, and when he arrived, he saw two individuals assisting the man with CPR. Officer Matt Bach applied the AED, which administered a shock. Shortly thereafter, Officers Robert Frazier and Rob Sweet arrived on-site to assist. Officer Frazier took over the chest compressions from the individuals assisting until Firefighters arrived. The man was transported to the hospital. Phoenix Fire commended Phoenix Police and the individuals involved in the response for their quick actions that helped to save this individual’s life.

AEDs are placed throughout Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Employees and volunteers are also regularly trained by Phoenix Fire Paramedics to correctly use AEDs and administer CPR in the event of an emergency. There are more than 85 AEDs available at Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports. There are also AEDs in the PHX Sky Train® stations.

Published: February 25, 2014

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