Who saved a father's life at Philadelphia International Airport?

Dave Shafer

A Delaware County native is asking for everyone's help in finding the nurse who saved his father's life at the Philadelphia International Airport.

It all began around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 1st.

Dave Shafer tells Action News that he had just retired from the U.S. Army and was having a celebration with his family in Texas.

His father, who is from Marcus Hook, was in the airport with Shafer's stepmom when he went for a walk by himself.

Then, near Terminal B, he suffered a massive heart attack and fell to the floor.

Dave said his father's heart stopped and he apparently died.

Incredibly, an off-duty nurse happened to be nearby. That nurse grabbed an airport defibrillator and shocked Dave's father back to life.

Paramedics arrived and rushed him to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After a month of recovery, Dave's father - also named Dave - was released from the hospital on August 30th.

But, despite weeks of searching, Dave's family still does know who that nurse was. It is not even known if that person was a man or woman.

All they know is an incident report from the airport described the nurse's actions.

So now, Dave is asking everyone in the Philadelphia area for any clues about that nurse's identity.

If you have any information, email us at cyber6@abc.com or leave a message in the comments below.

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