Mass. firefighters save man on Southwest flight

Active and retired firefighters from North Attleboro and Foxborough sprang into action to help a man suffering a medical emergency mid-flight

By Janelle Foskett

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Firefighters from North Attleboro, including Fire Chief Christopher Coleman, saved a man’s life on a Southwest flight on Thursday.

CBS Boston reported that a man on a Southwest flight from Boston to Chicago suffered a medical emergency consistent with a seizure and became unresponsive.

The firefighters, who were seated near the man, went to work, performing CPR and advanced life support until the man’s pulse returned. The man was stabilized and, upon landing, transported to a Chicago hospital.

“The heroic actions of these firefighters today echo our mantra that we are never truly off-duty should any emergency occur,” North Attleboro Fire Deputy Chief Michael Chabot said. “Their swift action and determination, even at 30,000 feet in the air, is a testament to their unwavering preparedness and professionalism.”

In addition to Chief Coleman, the firefighters on the flight included Captain George McKinnon, Captain Josh Langille, Lt. Scott Langille, retired firefighters Jeff Badger and Rich McDonagh, and Foxborough Firefighter Cory Shepardson.

The firefighters were reportedly traveling to Denver to visit the Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

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