WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An emergency at Wilmington International Airport today, but this had nothing to do with a plane.
An employee at Hertz thought she was having a heart attack. Another employee knew there was a defibrillator located past the security checkpoint, but when they got there, they found out they couldn’t bypass security.
“There are so many, how should I say, gimmicks, to try and get through security if someone was planning something. The rules and regulations, you can’t allow anyone, even me as the Airport Director,” said Jon Rosborough, “I mean, I don’t have any exceptions, they have to go through that.”
Instead, a TSA employee ran to get it.
The second defibrillator is located in the airport’s Public Safety Office, which is in a separate building near the runway. It’s about a half mile drive from the main airport. Responders say it really took them no time to get here to help.
“I was over there, my firefighter was over there and we made an immediate response over here and were here in probably less than two minutes,” said Gary Taylor, the Public Safety Office Operations Manager.
By the time the TSA employee returned with the debrillator, Taylor was already treating the woman.
Rosborough says the debrillator is kept past security near the gate because planes may have to be diverted to our airport because of medical emergencies.
Employees at Hertz could not comment, but they did tell us the woman is doing well at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.