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NORTH ATTLEBORO — Town Manager Michael Borg is pleased to announce that the Town will be issuing letters of commendation to Fire Chief Christopher Coleman and members of the North Attleboro Fire Department for their efforts in helping to save a man’s life who became unresponsive on a flight from Boston to Chicago on Thursday.
“Even while on a flight on their way to vacation, our first responders are never truly off duty,” Town Manager Borg said. “The quick actions of Chief Coleman and the other firefighters that were aboard the flight helped to save this man’s life and we are fortunate and proud to have them serve in our community.”
Monday, Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
North Attleboro Fire Department, 50 Elm St., North Attleboro
- Town Manager Michael Borg
- Fire Chief Christopher Coleman
- Captain George McKinnon
- Captain Josh Langille
- Lt. Scott Langille
- Lt. Jeff Badger (Retired)
- Firefighter Rich McDonagh (Retired)
- Foxboro Firefighter/Paramedic Cory Shepardson
Town Manager Borg will present letters of commendation to Chief Coleman and the other members of the North Attleboro Fire Department who assisted in the incident at an event on Monday at the fire station.
On Thursday, Sept. 16, Chief Coleman and several active and retired firefighters were on a Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Boston Logan International Airport to Chicago Midway International Airport, when a man seated near them became unresponsive.
Chief Coleman, Capt. George McKinnon, Capt. Josh Langille, Lt. Scott Langille, retired firefighters Jeff Badger and Rich McDonagh, and Foxborough Firefighter Cory Shepardson were alerted to a man in a row behind them who was experiencing symptoms consistent with a seizure.
They quickly began performing CPR on the unresponsive man. Advanced life support was then administered until the man’s pulse returned. He was stabilized for the rest of the flight and transported to an area hospital upon arrival at Midway.
Chief Coleman and the other firefighters were on the flight traveling to Denver to visit the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs in honor of those who have passed away, including North Attleboro firefighters Chris Cornetta and Jack White.