This Heroic Airline Employee Saved Two Lives in a Single Day, Like No Big Deal

This Heroic Airline Employee Saved Two Lives in a Single Day, Like No Big Deal

All in a day's work.

By Alesandra Dubin

What did you do today? No matter what it was, you can bet you’ve been outdone by an airline employee who saved two lives in a single day.

American Airlines customer service manager Christofer Hatcu scooped up an award this week for his heroics back on January 22. On that day, he was finishing his shift at Charlotte Douglas International Airport when he saw a passenger lying on the ground, according to Travel + Leisure. As a former volunteer firefighter, he recognized the man was having a heart attack, and performed CPR, saving the man’s life.

But he wasn’t done.

It was merely moments after Hatcu resuscitated the man when another passenger had a heart attack just a few gates away. (Was it something in the water?) Paramedics asked Hatcu to bring his expertise to assist, which he did. And the emergency medical team later said that neither person would have survived without the employee’s help.

“I guess it's just, I was in the right place at the right time,” Hatcu humbly reported to the local news outlet Fox 46. Indeed.

After waking up from a coma following the episode one of the passengers nominated Hatcu for the American Airlines’ Real American Hero award. And what comes with the honor? A check for $1,000 and — wait for it — a hero cape.

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