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Washington, D.C., TSA officer helps law enforcement provide life-saving CPR

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport TSA officer Juliet Gillette

While on break, a passenger came up to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) TSA officer Juliet Gillette and told her another passenger was having difficulty breathing.

First, she contacted the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and then found the nearest automated external defibrillator.

Juliet and the responding MWAA officer found the male passenger in distress on the public side of the airport. As the airport police officer laid the man on the floor, Juliet gently supported the passenger’s head. While the MWAA officer administered CPR, Juliet monitored the passenger’s pulse and reported the results.

Emergency Medical Services soon arrived and transported the passenger to a D.C. area hospital where he was immediately taken into surgery.

“Her quick call to action is exemplary of TSA’s core values,” said DCA Employee Programs and Workforce Engagement Coordinator Shanita Wylie. “TSA officer Gillette displayed courage.”

By Casey Faust, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs