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Kaeleigh Hill, an ARNP at the HCSO Occupational Health Clinic, was on her way home from a family vacation in the Turks and Cacaos when she answered the call. About 15 minutes into her flight back to the United States, an American Airlines pilot came over the intercom urgently requesting medical attention for a passenger in distress. The man was losing muscle control and could not blink or swallow. Without hesitation, she assisted the crew and stabilized the patient who was likely having a stroke and was in extreme pain. Additionally, she discovered the man had ruptured his ear drum while diving and took measures to make the journey more bearable for him until they could land. Thanks to her efforts, they could continue the flight.
"Kaeleigh represents the essence of everything we stand for here at HCSO," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "She acted without hesitation to help another person when they needed it most. That makes her a hero in my book. I am extremely proud to have someone like her on our team."
Hill comes from a law enforcement family with generations of service at HCSO. Although she didn't pursue law enforcement, its clear the apple did not fall far from the tree at all. In typical fashion, when pressed about the selfless nature of her quick thinking act, she won't allow herself to take the praise.
"I'm not a hero, it is my job. That's why I am here," said Hill. "We are put in places that we need to be, when we need to be there. That is all that happened here."