posted on Jul, 18 2013 @ 04:22 AM
“You had all the assets needed to keep this guy alive, but they never really had the chance to help him,” a law-enforcement source said.
A man died after suffering a heart attack at Kennedy Airport after two teams of first responders failed to reach him — because their electronic
ID cards couldn’t open secure doors at the newly renovated Delta terminal, The Post has learned.
A Port Authority police emergency operator got the call at about 6:30 a.m. and was told the man was “unresponsive” but breathing.
One minute later, a PAPD ambulance known as Medical One was dispatched — but the crew reported being unable to enter the terminal from the street
two minutes afterward because an officer’s security card wasn’t working.
at elevator, a radio transmission noted.
They were able to go in a different way but they are only EMTs, however, and the plan was for an FDNY crew of better-equipped and better-trained
paramedics to arrive and take over.
But that second rescue squad also ran into frustrating issues with security doors and were denied entry when the security system refused to recognize
an ID access card used by a PA cop escorting them. The delay robbed the dying man of more precious seconds.
The man was finally brought down to the waiting FDNY ambulance and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Seconds count in a situation like that and unfortunately, it cost this man his life.
Not sure who will be held responsible....the company that installed the security system for the doors or the airport itself. Or both.
edit on 18-7-2013 by snarky412 because: (no reason given)