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Passenger thanks airport lifesavers

Monday, 29th July, 2019 1:00pm
Passenger thanks airport lifesavers

Alastair Hamilton, Brendan Conway, Dublin Airport Fire Service, David McMillan, Keith Pedreschi, Dublin Airport Police Service and Gerry Keogh, Chief Fire Officer Dublin Airport at Dublin Airport.

Passenger thanks airport lifesavers

Alastair Hamilton, Brendan Conway, Dublin Airport Fire Service, David McMillan, Keith Pedreschi, Dublin Airport Police Service and Gerry Keogh, Chief Fire Officer Dublin Airport at Dublin Airport.

THE value of lifesaving defibrillators was highlighted at Dublin Airport recently when a passenger returned to thank the first responders he owes his life to.

David McMillan was travelling with his companion Alastair Hamilton to Uganda last October when he began to feel unwell and then collapsed.

Dublin Airport police and fire officers trained in CPR and defibrillator use responded immediately using one of the 50 defibrillators located around the airport to administer a series of shocks to revive him.

David was then brought to the Mater Hospital where his journey back to recovery began.

“I literally survived to tell the tale because of the swift action and professional training of the airport’s first responders Sgt Keith Pedreschi and Paramedic Brendan Conway,” he said.

“I’m here today because of them and I want to sincerely thank them and all those at Dublin Airport who took such good care of me.”

David was at Dublin Airport to complete the journey to Uganda that he had intended to take last October and he wanted to thank those who had saved his life.

“I know that, had this event occurred while I was travelling to the airport or even while on board the aircraft, the outcome could have been very different,” he said.

“It really is wonderful to be here today and have the opportunity to thank my life savers in person.”

Dublin Airport’s defibrillator and CPR programme has saved 28 lives since it was first introduced in 2003.

Dublin Airport Chief Fire Officer Gerry Keogh said it is hugely rewarding when a passenger walks through the door to thank them for saving his life.

“The airport defibrillator programme began in 2003 and since then not only have we managed to save 28 lives, but we have also raised CPR and defibrillator awareness both in Dublin Airport and with the 100 other companies located on the campus,” he said.

“We are delighted to welcome David and Alastair back to Dublin Airport. It’s a testament to the training, professionalism and team work of airport first responders that David is here today, looking fit and well, and in a position to meet those who saved his life.”

The emergency response for cardiac arrest training has also been rolled out to 15 taxi drivers that operate at Dublin Airport.

Dublin Airport has also funded defibrillators for several local organisation through its €10 million Community Fund. The fund will re-open for submissions on September 1 and application forms are available from www.dublinairport.com/community-fund.

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