New TSA officer at Newark airport jumps conveyor belt, saves baby’s life
NEWARK, NJ – With only a few months working as an officer in the Transportation Security Administration, a woman’s previous work as a paramedic began when she heard a mother screaming for help at the Newark Liberty International Airport.
The mother noticed that her son was not breathing, TSA officials said Thursday. She tried to wake her 2 month old son without success.
TSA agent Cecilia Morales hears the screams for help and yells instructions to the mother.
âBut she was so nervous and I knew if I didn’t go there it wouldn’t be a good result,â said Morales. âI jumped over the rollers of the checkpoint treadmill and she gave me the baby. I performed the infantile Heimlich maneuver on him.
Video from the airport shows Morales rushing to help.
âI saw the video afterwards,â Morales said. âIt was the first time I saw myself in action, saving a life. It was breathtaking to watch. I felt that my training and my experience were taking over.
Together, they waited for a pediatric paramedic to arrive and gave the infant oxygen.
Morales had done the Heimlich on adults and children during her decade as a paramedic, but the Newark incident was her first time she had applied the life saving technique on a baby.
âTwo months on the job and she’s literally a lifeline,â said Thomas Carter, TSA director of federal security for New Jersey. âThe quick reaction and actions of Agent Morales made it possible for this family to have a very happy holiday season. His actions were inspiring.
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