LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Coachella Valley Congressman Raul Ruiz was hailed as a hero after he cared for a man who suffered a medical emergency while onboard a flight to Dallas early Thursday.

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The Congressman was on an American Airlines Flight 175 from Washington, D.C., to Dallas-Fort Worth when a fellow passenger in his 60s lost consciousness.

Ruiz — who is an emergency room physician by trade — along with a firefighter and a flight attendant helped stabilize the sick passenger before the plane made an emergency landing in Raleigh, North Carolina, American Airlines spokesman Mike Trevino said.

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Texas Congressman Pete Gallego, who witnessed the incident, tweeted Thursday.

The condition of the man was unknown.

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Ruiz was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last November,  defeating incumbent Mary Bono Mack in the 36th District.