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CFA's mid-flight hero

By: CFA News

Category: Community Safety, People

  2.39 PM 1 May, 2013

Location: General

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A CFA member is being proclaimed a hero after helping an unwell passenger on a Qantas flight from Perth to Melbourne on ANZAC Day.

While the details of exactly who performed this mid-flight act of goodwill aren't 100%  clear, "I'm pretty sure he said his name was Shannon (but it could have been Aaron!)", fellow passenger Katy said, the details of the incident were shared in an email sent to CFA by Katy after the flight landed.

From Katy's email

I just wanted to pass on some positive feedback about one of your employees. I don't know his full name but I think he said his name was Shannon, and he was based in Melbourne but has been working in Perth. (And is an Essendon supporter!)

I was sitting behind 'Shannon' on a flight from Perth to Melbourne this afternoon when the girl next to us blacked out and started convulsing. The man next to her called out for a doctor and Shannon sprang into action (tipping his dinner onto the floor, he acted so fast.) He assessed the girl, introduced himself and kept her calm. He called for the flight attendant to bring oxygen and wet towels to cool her down. He spoke calmly and professionally to her and stayed crouched by her side for the next hour.

I was so impressed by how he acted and how willing he was to help - installing trust in this poor girl who was clearly distressed. I hope you can pass this on and praise him for his actions - a fitting act for ANZAC day, a day where we celebrate the selflessness and spirit of Australians.


Last Updated: 01 May 2013