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Two More Lives Saved at PHX Sky Harbor

by Public Relations | Published On: Jun 21, 2013 | Last Updated: 

Quick thinking and fast response resulted in the 35th and 36th saves using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Within two days earlier this month, Phoenix Police and Phoenix Fire responded to individuals in need. Thanks to their efforts, those people are alive today.

On June 5, Officers Terri Fulton and Officer Caroline Heaps responded to a call of a man who collapsed near a moving walkway in Terminal 4. A registered nurse from Maine had witnessed the incident and responded by checking the victim’s vitals and starting CPR. She called for someone to grab an AED, and another woman retrieved it. The victim responded to the shock from the AED and started to breathe on his own as officers arrived on-site. Phoenix Fire Station 19 then arrived to transport the patient to the hospital.

Just a day later, Officer Heaps and Officer Steve Williams responded to a call of an individual having a seizure on Level 1 in Terminal 3. When the officers arrived, they found a man down with a woman performing chest compressions. The woman was a nurse from Mississippi. Another man assisted with retrieving the AED and administering a shock. Officer Heaps arrived and took over the chest compressions. At that time, the victim starting breathing on his own. Phoenix Fire Engine 29 arrived and transported the individual to a local hospital.

On both occasions, the heroic efforts of Police and Fire as well as witnesses on-scene helped save these lives.

AEDs are an integral part of Phoenix Sky Harbor. In fact, employees and volunteers are regularly trained by Phoenix Fire Paramedics to correctly use AEDs in the event of an emergency. More than 2,000 Airport employees and volunteer Navigators have been trained. 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: June 21, 2013