TSA officer helped save traveler’s life

Lead Transportation Security Officer James Dolph at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. (Photo courtesy of TSA.)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo Airport TSA officer worked a shift he will never forget Monday night.

Lead TSA Officer James Dolph hustled to a call about a traveler who collapsed on the public side of the terminal, and when he got there the man was turning blue.

The TSA says Dolph knew where a defibrillator was located and grabbed it while someone else opened the man’s shirt. A press release from the TSA shares this quote from Dolph, “I pushed the red button and it shocked him. The defibrillator unit, which stayed attached to the man, instructed that chest compressions should resume. Another traveler, who said she was a nurse, began the chest compressions. The man’s eyes opened and the color began to return to his face.”

Emergency responders arrived on the scene and took over, and the man began to move on his own.

Dolph, who is a U.S. Army veteran and a part-time school bus driver, high-fived the nurse and then left to go back to work. He has worked for the TSA for 12 years.

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