Off Duty Firefighters Leap Into Action When Fellow Airline Passenger Loses Consciousness

 September 22, 2021

A group of off-duty Massachusetts firefighters was on a Southwest flight from Boston to Chicago. North Attleboro Fire Chief Christopher Coleman was on the plane with active and retired firefighters when they heard that one of the other passengers needed help.

Saving A Life

During the flight, a man was exhibiting the symptoms of a seizure. The first responders happened to be sitting in front of the man having a medical emergency.

According to the North Attleboro Fire Department, the firefighters gave the man CPR and advanced life support until his pulse returned. Then, they started an IV, giving him fluids, and the man remained alert for the rest of the flight.

"The heroic actions of these firefighters today echo our mantra that we are never truly off-duty should any emergency occur. These men are to be commended for their rapid response and lifesaving efforts that helped to stabilize this man mid-flight. Their swift action and determination, even at 30,000 feet in the air, is a testament to their unwavering preparedness and professionalism."

North Attleboro Deputy Fire Chief Michael Chabot

Along with Coleman, Fire Captains George McKinnon and Josh Langille, Lt. Scott Langille, Foxboro firefighter Cory Shepardson, and retired firemen Jeff Badger and Rich McDonagh all helped revive the man.

The crew was headed to Colorado Springs, where they were going to see the Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

Recognition For A Job Well-Done

Their actions even got them kudos from the town's police department.

“Well done North Attleboro Fire Department. We are proud to be able to work with these dedicated and professional firefighters and there fantastic Chief Coleman."

North Attleboro Police Department

After landing in Chicago, the man was taken to the hospital for treatment and further observation. He was lucky that the firefighters were sitting in front of him that day and could rely on their training while 30,000 feet in the air.

He is likely alive today, thanks to their efforts.

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11 comments on “Off Duty Firefighters Leap Into Action When Fellow Airline Passenger Loses Consciousness”

  1. I'm happy that they used their skills to stabilize the passenger and everything turned out alright - but in today's world of 'sue anything that breathes' it is also scary to help in a medical situation. Should the passenger have died, what would the outcome have been - his family suing them? Fear of a lawsuit gives one pause to be a Good Samaritan.

    1. The Good Samaritan Act prevents a lawsuit from going forward. Also the Civil Immunity Act covers that too. Unless the firefighters were completely negligent or intended to harm the victim, they would not be successfully sued.

    2. Lee..
      Sad but true. In today's world we would have to change the word that describes the Samaritan from "good" to "stupid" and describe our actions to not be correct but "politically" correct. Of course, if we change the word from "good" to "stupid," then why not change the word from "politically" to "stupidly"..... which then would be a contradiction in terms.

  2. I would say the Lord with flying with y'all today by providing these firefighters. I say kudos to you guys for a job well done for saving a life. I pray God blesses each and everyone of you for what you did on that flight. Thank you but taking care of us no matter where we are you still provide service when called upon.

  3. This BS if he had a seizure he would not need CPR where did they get IV's If it was a cardiac event then there was need for more than IV's This is typical ra ra for firefighters who hardly ever go to the hosp with the PARAMEDICS but they will take ALL the credit for saving a life

  4. Here's another reason to show respect for law enforcement and firefighters. They are never off-duty and are employed to render aid to those in need. Those who disrespect those who protect us and our property have misjudged them due to the actions of a few. .

    Think before you act.

    Less than 2% of of those who have committed to be of service have in a matter of seconds forgotten their responsibilities.

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