SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Two Orange County paramedics are being hailed as heroes on Friday after saving a man during a 7 a.m. flight from John Wayne Airport to Houston.
The paramedics — namely Donovan George and Alex Van — sprang into action when a 70-something male passenger passed out and stopped breathing.
The pilot of United Flight 333 made an emergency landing in Phoenix as the paramedics started CPR, gave the man an IV and hooked him up to a defibrillator.
By the time the plane landed, the man was breathing and conscious and after thanking the paramedics for saving his life, told George and Van he wanted to continue home to Florida. (Phoenix paramedics took the unidentified man to the hospital for more treatment.)
George and Van are both canine handlers from CA Task Force 5. The men were headed to Houston to attend a canine handler training session at Texas A&M.
“OCFA is extremely proud of how quickly Alex and Donovan sprung into action and saved this man’s life,” says Captain Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.