BALTIMORE — The Transportation Security Administration agent who saved a man’s life last week is being hailed as a hero, but he says he was only doing his job.
Jonas Cohen, of Laurel, was working overtime last Thursday night when a restaurant worker at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport told him about a man who looked sick. Cohen says he then simply acted as he was trained to do.
“I don’t like that because it’s what we’re trained for,” he says of the hero talk. “It’s our job.”
Paramedics arrived about eight minutes later and took the man to a hospital. The man has since been discharged from the hospital.
“A few people said that it would not have been the same outcome if it wasn’t for the team that stepped in,” Cohen added.
Cohen, a former EMT and member of the Coast Guard, said the man’s lips were blue and he was not breathing. Aided by an off-duty firefighter and a doctor, Cohen used a defibrillator, and after four shocks, the man’s heartbeat returned.
“We worked together great,” Cohen said Friday. “It was like a textbook.”
It was the second time Cohen has been called into a situation like that one. When working at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, he was there to assist a passenger who collapsed while coming off a plane.