NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Transportation Security Administration inspector at Newark Liberty International Airport is being hailed a hero.
Robert Kennish was working at Terminal A at Newark Airport on Tuesday and getting ready to inspect a Virgin America plane that had just arrived.
At around 6:30 p.m., he headed down the jet bridge toward the plane when he saw an elderly woman on the jetway floor and a customer service agent who told him that the passenger had just collapsed and was not breathing.
“I checked her airway to see if she was breathing, I checked her pulse in her arm, I checked her pulse in her neck. There was no pulse,” Kennish told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
The former police officer and Air Marshal immediately began CPR.
Two passengers, an ophthalmologist and a nurse, came forward to assist when a flight attendant brought an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the plane. The ophthalmologist administered the AED and Kennish again resumed CPR.
“She put the pads onto the patient, we all stepped back while we gave her a shock,” Kennish told Diamond.