A Black firefighter who has been on the job for 16 years decided to take a relaxing vacation to Cozumel, Mexico. However, when a woman behind him fell unconscious shortly after takeoff, the firefighter put his nearly two decades of experience to the test.
Kenny Homer, of the Dallas Fire Department, told WFAA he knew something was wrong when he noticed a stir of commotion 30 minutes into the flight.
"I'm just relaxing listening to my headsets and I heard a ruckus behind me," he told WFAA.
When Homer turned around, he saw a woman was unconscious in the seat behind him. Without missing a beat, he sprang into action.
"I picked her up, laid her on the floor. At this time the whole plane was in a ruckus," added Homer. "I was asking for assistance, somebody to elevate her feet."
Upon checking her vitals, Homer realized the worst had occurred.
"She did bottom out, that's a term that's used where her blood pressure dropped, blood sugar was low," said Homer. "It can be pretty bad. You can go into shock. A lot of things can happen during that time when a person's blood pressure bottoms out."
Tracey Zak, who was also on the flight with her 13-year-old daughter, began taking pictures of Homer’s heroic act.
"This girl is barely breathing," said Zak. "We were all holding hands, we were all praying together for a miracle. Kenneth was the miracle definitely on that flight."
Because Homer didn't have his equipment with him, he sourced a blood sugar monitor from a diabetic passenger and blood pressure cuffs from a nurse.
"It's kind of like Batman without the bat belt," he told WFAA.
Homer performed CPR and gave the woman oxygen until she regained consciousness. For the duration of the flight, he stayed by her side. Once they landed in Mexico, an ambulance was waiting for the woman.
"I think God puts us in certain situations in certain times, I think that's why I was on that flight in that particular seat," said Homer. "It's not a coincidence that I was there."
The fire department honored Homer when he returned.