by Airman 1st Class Zachary Cacicia
436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
9/21/2015 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Every
time an Airman puts on his or her uniform and heads to work, they are
considered a hero. But one Team Dover Airman became a hero while he was
While processing through an airport security checkpoint, Senior Airmen
Bryan MacLean, 436th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, provided
life-saving medical attention, CPR and automatic external defibrillator,
July 29, 2015, at the Philadelphia International Airport.
"I was trying to put my shoes back on when I heard someone yell," said
MacLean. "They were looking for someone who knew CPR; so I said that I
George Senkler, who was also processing through security, suffered a
heart attack and collapsed. MacLean jumped into action, first assisting
two TSA agents with CPR. When that failed to resuscitate Mr. Senkler,
MacLean ran for an automatic external defibrillator and put it to work.
"I jumped in and ripped his shirt off," MacLean said. "I put the pads on
and followed the instructions. The AED said there was no pulse and
recommended a shock. So I shocked him and that brought him back."
These actions saved Senkler's life.
MacLean, a native of Cincinnati, has been stationed at Dover AFB for the
past two years. He was on his way to board a plane to Minnesota to
attend a friend's wedding when the events transpired. Mr. Senkler, 69,
was also heading towards the same plane to Minnesota, but to visit his
MacLean and two TSA agents were presented with the American Heart
Association's Heartsaver Hero award to recognize their courageous
lifesaving efforts. Both MacLean and Senkler were invited back to the
airport for a e ceremony that took place on Sept. 4, 2015.
"I just wanted to help out," MacLean said.