BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry responded with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to assist in saving a 67-year-old American woman’s life yesterday.
The husband and wife, and their son arrived at the port from Canada around 6:10 a.m. (PST). During routine secondary screening, officers were advised that the woman was experiencing a medical emergency. A supervisory CBP officer and two CBP officers immediately responded to the family. CBP officers notified 911 requesting emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The supervisory CBP officer initiated the AED and CPR, which the traveler responded to and regained consciousness.
North Whatcom EMTs arrived and began the evaluation of the woman. Whatcom Medic One arrived and transported the traveler by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham.
“The quick and professional response by CBP personnel in Blaine assisted in saving this woman’s life,” said Acting Area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams. “This scenario portrays CBP’s commitment to protect and serve our communities and the traveling public.”
The woman is in stable condition and was admitted to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for further evaluation.
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.