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American Airlines employee honored after helping save 6 lives

CHICAGO — An American Airlines customer support agent at O’Hare was honored Friday for helping save three folks this year with medical emergencies, for a complete of six in his career.

Rodney Tabaniag earned the Real American Hero Award, which is handed out by American Airlines to ticket brokers or others who’ve saved the lives of sick passengers.

Most award winners earn the glory as soon as in a lifetime. But Tabaniag, who can be a educated EMT, is incomes his sixth award – greater than another American Airlines staff member.

“The first time it happened I was on a trip with some friends,” Tabaniag mentioned. “I was able to be there in someone’s darkest hour.”

On his personal time whereas working at American Airlines, he began present process coaching to turn out to be an authorized emergency medical technician. Then, he had one other alternative to place his abilities to make use of.

“Straight out of school, newly licensed,” Tabaniag mentioned. “I was doing chess compressions, our teammate was doing rescue breathing.”

His supervisor and colleagues joined the celebration.

“We’re really lucky to have him for his sixth time winning, congratulations,” his supervisor mentioned.

Winners of the award get a $1,000 bonus and the symbolic hero’s cape. But Tabaniag mentioned the best thrill of all is to know you save somebody’s life.

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