MONTREAL— A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the Montreal CBP Preclearance facility administered lifesaving CPR to a 65-year-old Canadian traveler who collapsed during inspection.
While speaking to a CBP officer during processing, the traveler collapsed and stopped breathing. The traveler’s wife alerted the CBP officer that her husband was diabetic and needed sugar. The inspecting officer initiated and continued CPR until EMT personnel arrived, while another officer went to get candy for the man per his wife’s request. EMT personnel arrived and continued CPR on the traveler who eventually regained a pulse and started breathing on his own.
“CBP staff at the Montreal CBP Preclearance location did an outstanding job in reacting to this medical emergency—officers provided direct intervention, ensured appropriate medical personnel were contacted, and maintained control of the inspection area,” said Chief Michel Pariseau. “Not enough credit can go out to the CBP officer who did not hesitate to act during this medical emergency. It is a testament to his service, integrity, and honor as a CBP officer.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.