Airport's Port Authority recognizes six individuals
April 8, 2011
The Lee County Port Authority recognized six individuals with a Phoenix Award at the Airports Special Management Committee meeting on March 29. The Phoenix Award is recognized nationally and given to rescuers in acknowledgment of their efforts in saving the life of an individual in full cardiac or respiratory arrest.
The award was given for a cardiac arrest inside the terminal at Southwest Florida International Airport that occurred on March 15, 2010. The team responded to a gate area for the arrival of a passenger in cardiac arrest. They administered life-saving treatment including Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, chest compressions and use of an Automatic External Defibrillator device that resulted in the patient being stabilized and transported to a local hospital.
The patient fully recovered and was released Port Authority officials said.
Individuals recognized with a Phoenix Award for this incident were: Robert Taylor, Airport Police Department officer; Odlanier Morejon, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting technician; James Ross, ARFF technician; Steven Bridge, ARFF engineer; Nicholas David, ARFF engineer; and Jeff McFarland, ARFF captain.
Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.5 million passengers in 2010 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction.