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Officer’s Heroic Efforts Help Save a Passenger’s Life

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Earlier this month, an Officer in Tennessee put his experience to work and saved the life of a passenger in distress.

At Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport, a passenger collapsed during the divesting process at the security check point. Transportation Security Officer Reed Monks saw the passenger fall and went into action immediately—relying on his previous experience as a nurse to assist the unconscious passenger.

Metro Knoxville Law Enforcement and emergency services were called in for assistance. The law enforcement officers and Monks quickly realized the passenger wasn’t breathing and did not have a pulse, so they began administrating CPR. Monks performed chest compressions while one of the law enforcement officers conducted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The team requested an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and continued to perform CPR on the individual until he regained a pulse. The passenger  started to breathe on his own after additional emergency personnel arrived and administered oxygen. He was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

Monks had the opportunity to visit the person he assisted while he was recovering at the hospital. “My father was very lucky to have had that incident happen at the airport where immediate assistance from a former nurse and EMT personnel were readily available,” said the passenger’s daughter.

“Because of the quick response of Officer Monks, the passenger will be returning to his home and family in Houston this week,” said FSD Stephen Wood. He added, “Officer Monks stepped up in a big way and his actions inspire us all. We are truly blessed to have Reed on our team.”

From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

Latest revision: 28 January 2014