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McAllen firefighters perform CPR on passenger before plane makes emergency landing

On the way back from an annual training in Las Vegas, McAllen firefighters had their skills tested when a passenger went into cardiac arrest.

On the way back from an annual training in Las Vegas, McAllen firefighters had their skills tested when a passenger went into cardiac arrest.

The team of six performed CPR for more than 30 minutes before the plane made an emergency landing in El Paso.

Leo Mendoza with the McAllen Fire Department says the team immediately noticed something was wrong when they saw an attendant reaching for medical equipment.

"Because we had such limited resources on the airplane, we went down to the basics," Mendoza said. "We didn't have all the proper equipment that we carry on a fire truck, all the medical bags. It's a small kit that they had on board and it was proper CPR. If you're doing it properly, that patient still has a chance of making it, surviving increases."

Upon arrival in El Paso, a medical team took over to stabilize the patient.

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