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45th Life Saved at Phoenix Sky Harbor

by Public Relations | Published On: Aug 12, 2015 | Last Updated: Jan 29, 2016

Just a few weeks after the celebration of the 44th life saved at Phoenix Sky Harbor using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), another individual was saved. During the evening of Monday, August 10, a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu arrived at Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3. Passengers disembarked the aircraft and headed toward Baggage Claim. A 91 year-old man was just passing the exit of the TSA Security Checkpoint when he collapsed to the ground and appeared to be having a heart-attack.

Two passengers were nearby and witnessed the man fall, and ran to assist. One passenger ran to retrieve an AED. He found one at the Information Counter, brought it back, and hooked it up to the man in need. The device indicated a shock was needed, so the AED was used to administer a shock. The second passenger at the scene began giving chest compressions. Two additional passengers stopped to assist, including one who held the man’s hand to keep him conscious.

A crew from Phoenix Fire Station 19 arrived shortly thereafter and provided follow-up and assessment to the man who collapsed. The man was alert and talkative as he left the airport. This is our 45th AED Save since the program began in 2001. Just last month, our 44th AED Save survivor stopped by the Airport to meet those who saved his life. See the recap video here.

America’s Friendliest Airport® prides itself on having AEDs available throughout the airport as well as in the PHX Sky Train® stations. Employees are trained by members of the Phoenix Fire Department on the proper use of an AED as well as CPR. It is emphasis on the availability of AEDs and the training which has resulted in many lives saved.