Cassidy McCurdy

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cassidy McCurdy.

Staff Sgt. Cassidy McCurdy, a U.S. Air Force medical technician, was credited with saving the life of a fellow passenger who went into cardiac arrest on a flight from San Francisco to Seattle.

McCurdy, who grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley, is stationed at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea. She was returning from leave and a recent visit with her family in the Valley — including her mom Allison Doll — when the emergency occurred on her flight to Washington state.

McCurdy, with Team Osan’s 51st Medical Group, reported she was napping on the plane when she heard a commotion in the back. When flight attendants asked if there was a doctor on board, McCurdy reacted immediately.

“I got up and there was a woman in cardiac arrest,” she told a reporter for Stars and Stripes: Korea.

After discovering the passenger had no pulse, McCurdy said she began performing chest compressions, as she was trained to do for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. After about two minutes, the woman regained consciousness, according to the Stars and Stripes article.

“I just completely reacted and did everything I’ve been trained to do through the emergency medicine protocols,” McCurdy said in the news article.

“I feel very grateful I was there,” McCurdy told the newspaper after saving the woman’s life. “She truly was my reason for being on the plane that night.”

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