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TSA trainee witnesses accident, then takes charge of scene

June 18, 2019

One evening this June, TSA officer-in-training Michael Whitney was walking down Ocean Boulevard in St. Simons Island, Georgia, with several other classmates from the TSA Basic Training program, when a silver Camaro went speeding by, lost control…

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Boston officer saves life of fellow officer choking

June 10, 2019

TSA Officer Robert Reynolds knew he was in trouble. He desperately needed help.

Reynolds was getting a bite to eat in the breakroom at Boston Logan International Airport when he felt a piece of food stuck in his throat. He was choking.…

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Denver officers rush to rescue motorcyclist after crash

June 10, 2019

TSA officers from Denver International Airport were driving from Denver to Fort Collins/Loveland Airport to screen a flight when a man riding a motorcycle suddenly lost control of his bike and crashed into the median. 

The TSA team, who…

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer Olen Cook

Cleveland TSA officer provides CPR to unconscious passenger

June 6, 2019

Lead Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer Olen Cook was having a regular day on the checkpoint at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport when another officer requested leadership assistance. Arriving at the travel document…

TSA explosives specialists cowboy up for robot rodeo

May 31, 2019

TSA explosives specialists from Albuquerque International Sunport participated in the 13th annual Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise hosted at Kirtland Air Force Base by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The…

Transportation Security Officer Tony Sanchez with Acting Deputy Secretary Pekoske at the El Paso International Airport checkpoint.

Acting Deputy Secretary, Administrator Pekoske honors employees during Texas stop

May 31, 2019

Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary and TSA Administrator David Pekoske was the guest of honor during a visit to Texas’ El Paso International Airport, but Pekoske took the opportunity to honor and recognize the achievements of…

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport TSA officer Juliet Gillette

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

May 22, 2019

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…

Puerto Rico officer gives man second chance at life

Puerto Rico officer gives man second chance at life

March 13, 2019

Thanks to the quick work of a San Juan, Puerto Rico TSA officer, an airport passenger is alive today.

Lead TSA officer Jose Aviles was in a public restroom at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) when he suddenly heard a gasping…

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Alabama officers team up to perform life-saving CPR on passenger

March 1, 2019

TSA Officer Dustin Hunsinger was working near the ticket counter at Alabama’s Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) when an elderly gentleman in line collapsed.

“I originally thought he just tripped and fell,” said Hunsinger.


Human Capital Military and Veteran Programs Manager Mark Escherich

Furloughed TSA employee volunteers for life-saving medical evacuation

February 21, 2019

When Human Capital Military and Veteran Programs Manager Mark Escherich first heard he would be furloughed during the recent partial government shutdown, he was not too worried since he already planned to be off for the holidays.

As the…

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Alabama officer rescues driver from burning truck

February 15, 2019

A driver trapped inside his pickup truck after running off a rural Alabama road may be alive today thanks to the heroic actions of Alabama’s Dothan Regional Airport TSA officer Tim Stallings.

Earlier this week, Stallings was on his way to…