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 Recognizing Tammie Jo Shults- Captain of Southwest Flight 1380
of service to our country as a navy pilot before joining Southwest Airlines.
“I grew up in a very patriotic family,” Shults said. “The Navy was the beginning of my professional aviation career because it gave me the opportunity to fly and serve. I was raised with a love of family and a love of country. Patriotism was the stitch that tied the two together.”
As Shults was preparing for the emergency landing of flight 1380, she thought briefly about the potential that she might be meeting her maker that day. But she pushed the thought out of her head and focused on bringing her aircraft full of fellow Americans safely home to their families. And maybe that’s what patriotism is all about.
y Caroline Turney
 or many Americans, the willingness to serve in the armed forces is enough to qualify an individual
for the title of hero. This Veterans Day, we would like to recognize the profound heroic actions of Captain Tammie Jo Shults of Bandera, Texas.
On April 17, 2018, Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor were 20 minutes into Southwest flight 1380 when they realized something was horribly wrong on the Boeing 737. One moment they were flying peacefully on course; the next moment the cockpit was filled with black smoke and a deafening roar.
Catastrophic engine failure caused a sequence of debilitating sequence of events. Fuel lines were severed, hydraulic lines punctured, portions of the plane torn off, and a window shattered. The change in cabin pressure caused oxygen masks to drop, and tragically pulled the upper body of 43-year-old passenger Jennifer Riordan out through the punctured window.
Surrounding passengers tried to pull Riordan back inside, but she did not survive. Audio recordings of the event underscore Shults ability to remain steadfast under pressure. She calmly radioed a dispatch, explained that there were 149 souls on board, and planned for an emergency
landing in Philadelphia.
Fighting to maintain control of the
aircraft, Shults and Ellisor brought the jet toward the horizon—not even certain that it would hold together upon touchdown. They successfully landed, preserving the lives of the remaining 148 people on the flight.
Today, Shults is a public speaker and successful author of Nerves of Steel, the story of that harrowing day and how she believes that God prepared her through a lifetime of decision-making skills. As the daughter of a humble rancher in New Mexico, Shults learned to work hard and think on her feet. She further honed her problem-solving ability through eight years
    Dos & Don’ts When Someone Is Choking
Hosting a dinner party at home is a popular way to gather with family and friends. When hosts and hostesses plan such dinners, much of their focus is directed to food, ambiance, and topics of conversation. Thoughts of someone choking may be far from hosts’ minds, but they must know what to do, and not do, in such instances.
The National Safety Council says choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death. Food often is responsible for choking incidents in the elderly, but it can occur at any age. It’s also a leading cause of unintentional death in infants.
Knowing how to handle choking incidents can save lives.
• DO encourage the person to try to cough to dislodge the object causing the choking. • DON’T ask the person if he or she is alright. Instead, ask him or her if choking is
occurring so you can take proper action.
• DO look for inability to talk, difficulty breathing or noisy breathing. These often are signs of choking.
• DON’T delay in callin.g for emergency services before you take action yourself or have someone else call for first aid.
• DO a “five-and-five” approach to deliver assistance, per the American Red Cross. This includes five back blows first. Stand to the side and just behind a choking adult. For a child, kneel down behind. Place one arm across the person’s chest for support. Bend the person over at the waist so that the upper body is parallel with the ground. Deliver five separate back blows between the person’s shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Then follow with five abdominal thrusts, also known as the Heimlich Maneuver. Stand behind the person. Place one foot slightly in front of the
other for balance. Wrap your arms around the waist. Tip the person forward slightly. If a child is choking, kneel down behind the child. Make a fist with one hand. Position it slightly above the person’s navel. Grasp the fist with the other hand. Press hard into the abdomen with a quick, upward thrust — as if trying to lift the person up.
• DON’T engage in behaviors that may lead to choking. Avoid talking and laughing while eating. Serve foods that are bite- sized and don’t rush meals. Serve the elderly softer foods cut into smaller pieces, as dentures and dry mouths can impede a person’s ability to swallow.
The risk of choking is present any time a person eats. Those who entertain at home can learn what to do when someone is choking to keep themselves and their guests safe
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