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TSA Agent Saves Woman’s Life With Heimlich Maneuver



A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer working at an Alaskan airport is being heralded as a hero for performing the Heimlich Maneuver on a traveler choking on a grape last week.

Juneau International Airport Lead Transportation Security Officer Brenda Irizarry was working Wednesday when a distressed passenger came to a security checkpoint and informed agents that a woman was choking.

According to the Juneau Empire, Irizarry rushed to the scene and immediately began performing the Heimlich Maneuver while TSA supervisor Jessie Ashton called emergency services. The maneuver worked and Irizarry was able to dislodge the grape from the throat of 26-year-old Nicole Studley.

“Brenda’s quick action saved [my daughter] from certain hospitalization while waiting at Alaska Airlines,” Nicole’s father James told TSA officials. “[My daughter] had swallowed a large grape and was choking; another waiting passenger ran to TSA for help. Brenda, after several attempts using the Heimlich Maneuver, got the grape to pop out to the floor of the terminal. God bless you Brenda, thank you.”

Studley was traveling with her family to a wedding in California when the incident occurred. She has multiple physical disabilities and had recently been hospitalized for five weeks in Anchorage.

Irizarry’s actions not only helped save Studley’s life, but it also helped keep the family out of the hospital and on schedule for their family vacation.

“As Assistant Federal Security Director, I believe words are simply insufficient to describe the overwhelming sense of gratitude, relief, and pride upon receiving the news of Ashton’s leadership and Irizarry’s heroic actions,” Alaska Assistant Federal Security Director Dave McDermott said in a statement.

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United Airlines Provides Free Flights to Medical Volunteers



United Airlines has partnered with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in order to provide free roundtrip flights for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working to treat patients with coronavirus.

“Our healthcare workers are heroes, and they need reinforcements,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This generous partnership with United Airlines will ensure medical professionals from across the country can come to New York City to help us in our hour of need.”

New York has become the focal point of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., specifically in New York City, which has more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hospital staff quickly found themselves overwhelmed due to overcrowding. Several notable landmarks have been converted into makeshift hospitals throughout the city.

United is also working with local government agencies and non-profit partners to provide New York hospitals with much-needed qualified medical professionals. The airline is closely collaborating with a network of professional medical volunteer organizations to help enlist volunteers and bring them to locations where they are needed the most.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those extraordinary times that demonstrates how we come together as a profession to provide desperately needed assistance and care,” said Society of Critical Care Medicine President, Lewis J Kaplan, M.D., FCCM.

United has joined many brands across the nation to help support front-line responders by providing them free or reduced services.

Several hotels and lodging brands are offering free or subsidized housing for medical workers and front-line responders, while local and national restaurants are providing these workers with free food or large discounts.

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