Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Trenton Mercer Airport (KTTN), New Jersey: Mercer County Sheriff's Officers revive ailing Hamilton man aboard Frontier Airlines plane

Mercer County Sheriff's Officers Ralph MacKelvey and Anibal Santos helped revive a Hamilton man believed to be having a heart attack aboard a Frontier Airlines plane on Wednesday, May 28. 
(Courtesy Mercer County Sheriff's Office.)

EWING -- A pair of quick-acting Mercer County Sheriff's Officers may have saved a life early this morning when they revived a medically distressed man aboard a Frontier Airlines plane at Trenton-Mercer Airport, officials said.

Frontier Airlines flight 593 was heading for heading for Nashville,Tenn., and was preparing for departure at 6 a.m. when a 68-year-old passenger became seriously ill.

The Hamilton man, whom authorities did not identify, was unresponsive, his breathing was shallow and he was believed to be suffering a heart attack, a release from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office said.

Officers Anibal Santos and Ralph MacKelvey responded and the pair tended to the man, administering oxygen and using a defibrillator to shock his heart. The pair continued to administer CPR until medical crews arrived, the release said.

The man was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where he was in stable condition, the release said.

“I would like to extend my deepest concern for the wellbeing of the cardiac victim today and for his family,” Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler said in the release. “These highly trained officers are part of the Sheriff’s Office all-important Airport Unit and deserve our praise.”

County Executive Brian Hughes also congratulated the officers.

"We are hopeful for a speedy recovery for the patient, and our thoughts are with him and his family," Hughes said in the release. "I heartily commend these Mercer County Sheriff Officers for their professionalism.” 

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