Two local sisters – a firefighter from Wayland and a nurse from Lahey – helped save the life of a woman on a JetBlue flight


“Incidents like these are what first responders and medical professionals train for.”

Wayland firefighter and paramedic Lindsay Byrne (left) and her sister, nurse Nicole Kelly. JGPR

Two local sisters – one a firefighter and paramedic, the other a nurse – helped rescue a passenger who was found unconscious on a flight from Boston to Fort Myers last week.

Wayland firefighter and paramedic Lindsay Byrne and her sister Nicole Kelly – a traveling nurse who also works at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington – were on the JetBlue flight when an unconscious woman was discovered in a bathroom in the plane, a press release from the Wayland Fire Department noted.

Byrne, Kelly and another Florida firefighter stepped in to help after flight attendants made an announcement over the plane’s intercom system asking for help from anyone with a medical history.

Together, the three assessed the woman, who was unconscious and struggling to breathe, and determined she had a diabetic emergency, the fire department said. The woman reportedly had grayish-blue skin and a weak pulse.

Byrne, Kelly and the other firefighter placed the woman in a sitting position to help clear her airway. They also gave her sugar packets, which helped her regain consciousness, the department said.

The plane was traveling from Boston Logan International Airport to Southwest Florida International Airport when the emergency occurred.

First responders did not leave the woman’s side until the plane landed in Fort Myers, at which time she was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

“Incidents like these are what first responders and medical professionals train for,” Wayland Fire Chief Neil McPherson said in a statement. “To see this training and professionalism put into action beyond our small community and in an environment with limited resources is a proud moment for the department that has made a difference in someone’s life.

“I commend Lindsay and Nicole for working together and using their two unique skills to take this quick and vital step while flying on an aircraft,” McPherson continued.

Byrne has worked for the fire department since 2018.


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