US Airways - February 2014 - (Page 12)
Making It Happen
in Action at
A US Airways ﬂight crew
helped save the life of
an American Airlines
Behind the Scenes
of Your Flight
Steven F. Smith II
By Tara Titcombe
On September 20, 2013, an
ordinary ﬂight from Dallas to
Phoenix turned extraordinary, thanks to the valiant
efforts of the ﬂight crew. The US Airways crew
working on Flight 654 sprang into action to save the
life of passenger Ray Jensen, who happened to be
the father-in-law of an American Airlines employee.
As the aircraft began its initial descent into
Phoenix, passengers seated near Jensen alerted the
crew that he seemed to have gone into cardiac arrest.
"We remembered this passenger because he was so
friendly during the boarding process," recalls Edgar
Moya, a US Airways ﬂight attendant.
Steven F. Smith II, a ﬂight attendant who is also
a deputy sheriff in Texas, was seated in the extra
jump seat to commute to Phoenix and begin his
ﬂight duties. He rushed to start manual CPR while
other crew members retrieved the onboard lifesaving equipment - a deﬁbrillator and the enhanced
THE CREW OF
McLaughlinBell, and Steven
F. Smith II
Jr., First Ofﬁcer
emergency medical kit - and paged for
medical personnel on board to assist.
Two trained medical professionals responded to
the call and assisted the crew in performing CPR.
"Every second counted, and every second mattered,"
says Moya, who notiﬁed the captain of the onboard
emergency. After landing, paramedics met the plane
and rushed Jensen to the hospital.
"We know that safety is our priority, and we train
for these scenarios. That morning it all worked so
well," Moya says. "We were all in sync. I could not
have been prouder of our crew."
Jensen has since recovered, and his doctors told
him that his happy ending is thanks to the quick
actions of those on board. He wrote a thank-you
note to the crew and to the medical professionals
who were on board, for their life-saving efforts. "It's
rare that any one of us or a group of us can state that
we saved someone's life," he wrote. "You did."
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - February 2014
Table of Contents
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Diversions: Public Markets
Diversions: Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale
Diversions: The Philadelphia Mint
Style Spotlight: Cruise Control
Adventure: Skiing Salt Lake City
Adventure: Arizona Wet & Wild
Gear Up: Workout Tools
US Airways: History of African Americans in Aviation
Travel Feature: Eleuthera in the Bahamas
Great Tastes: Phoenix Dining
University of California at San Diego
Celebrate Black History Month: HBCUs
Best of Health: Desert Institute for Spine Care
Best of Health: Miami Beach Foot & Ankle Surgery
Visit Tri-Valley, California
Must Read: I'll Take You There by Greg Kot
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Giving: The Hope Takes Flight Campaign
Window or Aisle?
US Airways - February 2014