Compass flight attendant Keairra Moore was in the baggage claim area at LAX recently when she heard someone screaming for help. A man in his early 60s was laying on the ground, his face and fingertips blue. He had stopped breathing. In the moments that followed, Keairra’s flight attendant training saved the man’s life.
Compass flight attendants must be prepared to deal with any type of emergency that they may encounter during a flight. Before a Compass Flight Attendant is released from training, they must first undergo weeks of preparation that includes emergency equipment operation, self-defense, and life-saving techniques, including CPR.
While other passengers in the vicinity pulled out their cell phones to call 911, Keairra says that her instincts and training took over. She asked another employee to find a defibrillator to re-start the man’s heart, while she started CPR chest compressions and rescue breaths. She did CPR for around five minutes, until the other employee arrived with a defibrillator.
After the defibrillator was connected, the passenger regained consciousness. Keairra kept him calm until the paramedics arrived, and even had the presence of mind to check and see if the passenger had any medications so she could have them ready for the paramedics.
“Keairra did a great job of calmly taking command of a stressful situation,” said Compass Inflight Supervisor Nicole Miller. “The entire Compass family is so proud of her actions, which undoubtedly saved this man’s life.”