New York airman who saved man’s life to be honored in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — An airman with the New York Air National Guard is being honored for helping save the life of a man who went into cardiac arrest at a hotel.

State military officials say Technical Sgt. Jason Oehlbeck (OLE-bek) performed CPR on the 35-year-old man for 18 minutes, until paramedics arrived, after the man was stricken during a training class in Syracuse.

Oehlbeck is to receive the Air Force Commendation Medal and the New York State Medal for Meritorious Service Sunday during an award ceremony at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Oehlbeck is a member of the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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