A group of firefighters moved in when they saw a man facing a medical emergency on a commercial flight from Massachusetts to Chicago.
On September 16, seven firefighters from North Attleboro and Foxborough, Massachusetts were on a Southwest Airlines flight when a passenger began to fall during a medical emergency.
Firefighters thought the man was experiencing signs of possible seizure and had become completely irresponsible.
“As soon as he and his colleagues realized there was a problem, our training began,” North Atlantis Fire Captain George McCann told WBZ TV on Tuesday.
“We do these things everywhere, in different places,” McCann said. “I never thought I’d do it on the plane upstairs.”
North Atletico Fire Chief Chris Coleman told WBZ TV on Tuesday that they did not even have to look at each other to deal with the emergency.
“We just knew what to do,” Coleman said. “Captain McCann did CPR, I gave IV, and Captain Langle got AED.”
The passenger did not have a pulse, so an IV was arranged so that his pulse could return, and his blood pressure and heart could move.
“The plane had everything we needed,” Coleman said. “After the patient regained consciousness, we started the IV, we gave him some fluids and he remained conscious throughout the flight.”
“It’s our job, regardless of time or place,” Coleman said.
Firefighters who assisted in the rescue include Chief Chris Coleman. Captain George McCann Captain Josh Langle Lieutenant Scott Langle Retired Firefighters Jeff Badger and Rich McDonagh and Fox Borough Firefighter Corey Shepardson.
North Atletico Fire Deputy Chief Michael Chabot released a statement to WBZ-TV regarding the group’s operations.
“Today, the brave actions of these firefighters echo our mantra that we are never out of duty in the event of an emergency,” Chabot said. “Their quick action and determination, even at 30,000 feet in the air, is a testament to their unwavering readiness and professionalism.”
In 2021, there have been several police incidents and medical emergencies during various flights across the country.
Recently, a black Muslim woman was allegedly hit by an airline passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight while traveling on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and called a terrorist.
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