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Minneapolis STSO Saves A Life

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STSO Ed Phillips. Photo courtesy of TSA Minneapolis-Saint PaulOn July 25th, at the Minneapolis Saint-Paul International Airport (MSP), STSO Ed Phillips saved a choking passenger’s life.

The passenger approached Phillips while grasping his throat with both hands. Phillips noticed that the man was unable to talk and having difficulty breathing and walking. Phillips jumped into action and directed two Delta employees to call 911 enabling him to perform the Heimlich maneuver without delay.

“I placed my fist just above the passenger’s navel, grasped that fist tightly with my other hand and yelled ‘cough’ while at the same time I pulled my fist abruptly upward and inward,” said Phillips. The obstructing item, a cheese stick, was forced from the windpipe and the passenger started to breath.

An airport police officer arrived and also assisted the passenger. The passenger was able to depart the area and make his flight.

“The passenger thanked me several times,” said Phillips. “I am very happy that the Heimlich maneuver worked and I was able to help save someone’s life. This was another proud moment in my TSA career.”

“This is just one of many outstanding moments for Ed,” said FSD Cliff Van Leuven. “His quick thinking and ability to jump into action make him a great asset and we are proud to have him on our team.”

By Hannah Flattery, Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

Latest revision: 26 September 2013