Man dies at JFK International while first responders are locked out
NEW YORK, NY – Emergency responders tried to reach a man who had suffered a heart attack at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday, and were unable to come to his rescue after their card keys would not open an access door. The man died on the way to the hospital.
According to the New York Post, 50-year-old Gunseye Adekunle died of a heart attack Monday after emergency personnel were unable to enter through secured doors.
Two separate teams of medical personnel tried in vain to gain entry to the area located in the Delta Terminal. Their ID cards failed to open the doors located in the newly renovated terminal that cost $1.4 billion to renovate.
It all started early Monday morning around 6:30, when police received a 911 call that someone was unconscious, but breathing.
The Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) ambulance was dispatched, but unable to enter through the terminal doors from the street. The fire department (FDNY) attempted entry with the assistance of a police officer that also had an ID card, which also failed to open the doors.
“Seconds are critical when responding to a cardiac event,” an anonymous source familiar with the incident told the New York Post. “And unfortunately, unnecessary obstacles take away those critical seconds and possibly a patient’s fighting chance.”
PAPD personnel were finally able to gain entry, but lacked the medical equipment to assist Adekunle. Meanwhile the FDNY team was still trying to gain access from another location.
PAPD decided to transport Adekunle to Jamaica Hospital, but he died in the ambulance.
The newly renovated Delta Terminal was completed at a cost of $1.4 billion in May and boasted the latest in security technology.
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