October 9, 2007–PHOENIX–For the second time in two weeks, police officers assigned to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport saved the life of a person using an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Three officers went to the aid of an 82-year-old woman, who was with her granddaughter and was running late for her flight. She started having trouble breathing at Terminal Four's D checkpoint and initially was assisted by an off-duty paramedic who was traveling. A TSA employee flagged down Officer Mark Overfield for assistance as the woman collapsed. Officers Rich Shoemaker and Frank Mylet responded with an AED and administered a single shock.
The passenger was revived after receiving the AED shock, but was still suffering from labored breathing. Another passenger, a doctor from Alabama, helped the officers. Sky Harbor's Fire Engine 19 provided oxygen to the woman before transporting her to the hospital where she was reported to have been conscious and talking with medical staff.
This is the 18th AED save at Sky Harbor since December 2000, when the devices were installed. Sky Harbor has more than 75 AEDs available in public areas and employee work spaces.
Officers with the Phoenix Police Airport Bureau bicycle team also carry AEDs with them. Phoenix firefighters have trained more than 2,000 airport employees and volunteers on CPR and proper use of the AED.
-Source: KTAR TV