CISF officer administers CPR, saves passenger’s life at IGI Airport

| Updated: 12 June, 2024 6:02 pm IST
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NEW DELHI: In a remarkable display of quick thinking and professional training, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Sub-Inspector, Laxman Upadhyay, saved the life of a passenger at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi. The incident occurred around 10:52 am at Boarding Gate No. 6, where Upadhyay was on duty.

The passenger, identified as Balbir Singh, was scheduled to travel from Delhi to Vancouver on Vistara Flight No. AI-185, which was due to depart at 07:20 hrs. Suddenly, Singh lost consciousness and collapsed on the floor. Observing this, Upadhyay sprang into action without wasting a moment.

With the assistance of other CISF personnel stationed at the airport, Upadhyay administered Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to Singh. CPR is a life-saving technique used in emergencies when a person’s heartbeat or breathing has stopped. It involves chest compressions often combined with artificial ventilation to manually preserve brain function.

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Thanks to the immediate intervention and the effective administration of CPR, Singh regained consciousness. The swift response of Upadhyay resulted in visible signs of improvement in Singh’s condition.

Following this, a doctor from the medical room at Terminal-3 was summoned to the location. The doctor provided initial treatment to stabilize Singh’s condition. Subsequently, Singh was transported to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram via ambulance for further medical treatment.

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A senior CISF official praised the alertness and prompt action of the CISF personnel. He stated, “Due to the alertness and prompt action by the CISF personnel, a precious life was saved.” This incident underscores the importance of the presence of well-trained security personnel at airports. It also highlights the critical role they play in not just maintaining security but also in ensuring the safety and well-being of passengers.

This incident serves as a testament to the dedication, alertness, and life-saving skills of CISF personnel like Sub-Inspector Laxman Upadhyay. Their commitment to their duty goes beyond security, extending to safeguarding the lives of the passengers they are entrusted to protect. This story is a heartening reminder of the everyday heroes among us who, in times of crisis, step forward and make a difference.

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