Off-duty first responder couple revive man having medical emergency at Okla. airport

Moore Fire Department Lt. Alex Meron and Paramedic Chelsee Meron found the man pulseless in the baggage claim area


By Laura French

OKLAHOMA CITY — An off-duty first responder husband and wife pair resuscitated a man experiencing a medical emergency at an Oklahoma airport on Tuesday. 

Moore Fire Department Lt. Alex Meron and Paramedic Chelsee Meron had just come back from a trip to Colorado when they noticed the man in the baggage claim area of Will Rogers World Airport, according to News9. At first, the man appeared to be sleeping, but the couple checked his pulse and weren't able to find one. 

Alex Meron began CPR while Chelsee Meron located the nearest AED. The man regained a pulse before EMSA arrived to transport him to the hospital. The man's current condition was not reported but EMSA officials said he suffered a medical episode and was still breathing when he was brought to the hospital. 

"We emphasize a lot about situational awareness, being very cognizant about your surroundings. Sizing up the situation and then we apply it throughout an entire career," Moore Fire Department Deputy Chief Ryan Marlar told News9. "I believe that was what happened with Lieutenant Meron at the airport, he looked over at somebody that just didn't seem normal." 

Alex Meron's mother said his father also saved a life at Denver International Airport 26 years ago. 

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