NEW YORK— In addition to a busy workload protecting our borders, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently found themselves saving the lives of two individuals.
On Friday, Feb. 21, CBP officers at John F. Kennedy Airport observed a male passenger collapse in the Federal Inspection Services area. The passenger, a U.S. citizen arriving from El Salvador, was unconscious and unresponsive to officer who immediately attempted, but were unable to find a pulse. Offices immediately began chest compressions and administered Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Officers then activated an Automated External Defibrillator, shocking his heart. A faint pulse was detected and oxygen was administered until Emergency Medical Technicians arrived. EMTs transported the individual to Jamaica Hospital for treatment and the passenger is reported to be in stable condition and is expected to survive.
On Sunday, Feb. 23, CBP officers at Newark Liberty International Airport encountered a passenger who collapsed in the baggage area of the FIS. Flight attendants immediately started CPR and chest compressions on the passenger who was arriving from India. CBP officers administered two electrical shocks using an AED, the passenger resumed breathing and a heartbeat was detected. EMTs arrived on scene, continued medical attention and transported the individual to University Hospital in Newark. This passenger, too, is expected to survive.
“The vigilance of these officers enable them to react swiftly and decisively, helping to save the lives of these individuals,” said Robert E. Perez, director, New York Field Operations. “Their actions demonstrate the commitment of our CBP officers to protect the American public.”
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.