A TSA agent is praised for helping a man after he collapsed at the airport.
A TSA agent was praised for his quick thinking when a man collapsed after passing through the security line at the Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis.
Tony D ‘ Amico, a firefighter and a TSA agent, said he joined the TSA after 9/11 in honor of his fellow firefighters who died on that day, TMJ4 reports.
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“I wanted to do something more for my country,” D’amico said.
On Wednesday morning, D’amico, said he was in an office near the security line at the airport and suddenly heard a thud.
“I heard a thud,” D’amico said TMJ4. “[I and two supervisors] came walking and saw a passenger laying on the floor with his arms fully stretched.”
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A 70-year-old man had collapsed after going through security.
“I looked at him a few seconds to assess him,” D’amico said TMJ4. “I noticed that he wasn’t breathing. Checked for a pulse, no heartbeat. I opened his shirt to see or no chest rise or stomach movement. I didn’t see any of that. I checked for a pulse again and immediately started CPR at that time.”
D’amico carried out chest compressions for about two minutes, the outlet reports, before he stopped and the man began to slowly regain consciousness. Paramedics arrived on the scene and took the man to the hospital approximately 20 minutes after he collapsed.
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D’amico said he’s happy he could be there to help the man before irreversible damage would have happened.
“I feel really good,” D’amico said. “If that would not have happened, brain damage starts to occur after four minutes. Four to six minutes, you can begin with damage to the brain.”
He was not the only one with a good feeling about his answer, Federal Security Director for the Department. of Homeland Security Mark Lendvay named him employee of the year for his actions, TMJ4 reports.
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“Probably [an employee] of the year to be quite honest,” Lendvay said. “Heroic efforts to save someone’s life, that is not something you do on a daily basis. And when you talk to him, he will only say that he is doing his job.”
The TSA plans to honor D ‘ Amico at the end of the year awards banquet Lendvay said, TMJ4 reports.