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TSA Officer Saves Woman at JFK Airport from Choking on Donut

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | June 08, 2015

TSA Officer Saves Woman at JFK Airport from Choking on Donut

National Donut Day is supposed to be a celebration, but eating a donut hole took a scary turn last Wednesday when a woman at John F. Kennedy International Airport began choking and had to be revived by a security screener.

According to Steve Strunsky of, the Transportation Security Administration said there was a commotion near the checkpoint at Terminal 1 of JFK airport when TSA behavior detection officer Glenn Davis made his way to the area to find a woman choking.

After being informed by the woman’s husband that she was choking on a donut, Davis immediately began to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, but it was not working. The officer is also a volunteer firefighter, and he began CPR after the woman passed out.

Luckily for everyone involved, Davis successfully revived the woman.

Davis released a statement about the incident, saying, “The woman started to turn blue. She had no pulse. We tried CPR. I started with chest compressions and I instructed her husband to pinch her nose and breathe into her mouth. We worked on her for about five minutes. Finally, she started to cough.”

While Davis and the woman’s husband performed CPR, another TSA officer contacted the proper authorities and kept the area clear for emergency responders. Despite saving her life, Davis never learned the woman’s name or where she was from.

Davis should be considered a hero. The 51-year-old husband and father of three has been a volunteer firefighter for 13 years and has worked for the TSA for 10 years. This wasn’t his first act of valor, either, as he saved a fellow TSA from choking a few years ago as well.

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