I want to take a moment to recognize the exemplary actions of Mr. Aiman Idris, who works for Huntleigh, Corp, and recommend him for a Going the Extra Mile Award.
On December 3, 2013 MWAA Fire & Rescue units were dispatched to the main terminal for a passenger experiencing a medical emergency. While enroute paramedics were informed their patient was possibly having a seizure. Upon arrival of EMS they found an elderly man in the care of Mr. Idris. Fortunately for this passenger, Mr. Idris recognized that the patient was having some sort of medical problem, and as soon as he began to seize, Mr. Idris grabbed him and held him to prevent the patient from falling, thus preventing further injury. He then lowered the patient to the ground and used his own winter coat to cushion his head and continued to monitor his condition until EMS arrived.
The patient was obviously disoriented, slightly combative, and to compound the problem understood limited English; his primary language was Arabic. The combination of the patient’s disorientation and slight language barrier made communicating with EMS providers difficult. Mr. Idris was able to interpret for paramedics as they tried to assess the patient and obtain his medical history. He translated specific information and also reassured the patient when he became somewhat combative, which is a normal response for most seizure patients. This incident would have been much more difficult to manage without Mr. Idris’ direct and continued involvement. At one point Captain Walker (from MWAA Fire & Rescue) was concerned they were keeping Mr. Idris in the completion of his duties, but Mr. Idris assured the paramedics that he would stay as long as they needed him.
In closing, Mr. Idris truly went above and beyond. Many times people help emergency responders with language barrier issues and the like. However, in recognizing an emergency medical issue, intervening immediately, and then assisting in gathering patient history, Mr. Idris showed true caring and compassion and deserves to be recognized for his assistance. On behalf of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire & Rescue Department I’d like to extend a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to Mr. Idris.
-Captain Doug W.