Three officers of the Airport Police Division of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) were honored by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners Monday, October 3rd, for saving the life of a woman traveler at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on July 22nd. LAWA operates the city’s airports.
LAX officers Gregg Iwamiya, Thomas Dye, and Tanansuk Chow responded to an emergency radio call concerning an unconscious woman in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Dye and Iwamiya performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the woman while Chow got an automated external defibrillator (AED) from a nearby wall.
After the AED apparatus determined that defibrillation was necessary, a shock was applied to the woman’s chest.
Soon the woman regained a pulse and started breathing on her own, prior to the arrival of Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics.
Paramedics continued medical treatment and later took the woman to the Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center Inglewood Campus.
The woman reportedly made a full recovery and was discharged a few days later.
Iwamiya has served on the Airport Police force for three years, and Dye and Chow have been on the force for two years.
Last year, LAX officials completed the installation of 92 automated external defibrillators throughout nine airport passenger terminals to assist persons who might suffer from sudden cardiac arrest.
When an AED is removed from its wall cabinet, an alarm notification is automatically sent to emergency responders.
An automated external defibrillator applies an electrical shock to a person whose heart has gone into fibrillation or abnormal rhythm.
The purpose of the shock is to cause the heart to defibrillate and return to a more normal rhythm.
All Los Angeles Airport Police officers have been trained to use an automatic external defibrillator in conjunction with CPR.