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Hotel Pennsylvania Security Officer Honored for Saving Guest's Life

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 15, 2015

Hotel Pennsylvania Security Officer Honored for Saving Guest's Life

Security guards don’t get the credit they deserve most of the time, but a security supervisor at New York's Hotel Pennsylvania went above and beyond in saving the life of a man who was dying of a heart attack. Now, he's being honored by the hotel for his bravery.

According to Hotel Pennsylvania representatives, security officer Ruben Hernandez was just beginning his shift on Friday, May 8, when a call came in about an unconscious male who was not breathing or showing signs of a pulse.

Along with fellow security officer Danny Sandoval, Hernandez rushed to the scene and immediately began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but the attempts proved to be ineffective.

Using the onsite automated external defibrillator (AED), Hernandez followed directions and utilized his training to administer the charges to the victim’s body. After three attempts, he was able to resuscitate the guest and stabilize his condition until the paramedics arrived.

Thankfully, the Hotel Pennsylvania guest survived the heart attack—he received a pacemaker—and is recovering at a local hospital due to the quick thinking of the security officers.

Hotel Pennsylvania general manager, Gene Nicotra, released a statement about the incident, “Ruben has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and has saved a life with his quick thinking and training. We applaud Ruben for being a true superhero.”

Both Hernandez and Sandoval received Hotel Pennsylvania "superhero" trophies, as well as plenty of local and national recognition for their heroic acts. Hernandez also received a gift certificate replace the clothing he was wearing during the incident.

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