Lieutenant Colonel Brenda Leffler and Major Steve Garcia

On April 24, 2012 Lieutenant Colonel Brenda Leffler and Major Steve Garcia, while en-route to Atlanta on board Delta Flight 1716, noticed another passenger, Mr. Kevin Magee, experiencing signs of cardiac arrest. This gentleman, seated behind LTC Leffler, complained of chest pains and was losing consciousness.

Immediately, LTC Leffler prepared to perform chest compressions while Mrs. Mary Magee, Mr. Magee’s wife and a nurse, performed rescue breathing on him and flight attendant Dickey Van Sicle retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED). By this point Mr. Magee had collapsed, was unresponsive, and had no pulse. LTC Leffler and Major Garcia applied the AED and eventually Mr. Magee stabilized and regained consciousness.

Once the plane landed Mr. and Mrs. Magee were swiftly met at the gate by paramedics and taken to a local hospital. While there, it was determined that Mr. Magee suffered a massive heart attack and that his main coronary blood vessel to the ventricle was 100% obstructed. Thankfully doctors were able to clear the vessel.

In her thank you letter, Mrs. Magee stated, “Quite frankly, I’m not sure how my husband made it to the hospital in time, except for the first responders, and Divine Providence. Everyone did their jobs that day in a near perfect sequence of events.”