Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tampa TSA Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director Pulls Woman from Burning Car



Car Engulfed In Flames
Car Engulfed In Flames
Have you ever been in your car when someone passed you at a high rate of speed? Usually, the car disappears and you never see it again. That wasn’t the case yesterday morning for TSA Tampa International Airport Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director Jim Flaherty. A few minutes after a car sped past him, Jim saw the car again, but this time it was stationary. It had crashed into the woods and was on fire.

Jim and another passerby parked their cars and ran to the automobile to assist the driver. The driver’s side door was wedged against a tree and the driver was screaming that her leg was broken. They needed to act fast, so Jim – a 20-year veteran NYC police detective and a U.S. Army Veteran along with the passerby ran to the passenger’s side to free the woman’s leg and pull her from the car. Like a scene out of Hollywood blockbuster, the car was completely engulfed in flames after they carried her away.
 

DAFSD Jim Flaherty
DAFSD Jim Flaherty
The local fire department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded shortly after and the young woman was airlifted from the scene to a local hospital.

Jim reported directly to work afterwards with blood and mud stains on his clothes.

This isn’t the first time a TSA employee has stepped up in an emergency and it won’t be the last, but we wanted to highlight this incredible story today on the blog and acknowledge Jim’s courageous actions which no doubt saved this woman’s life.


Bob Burns 
TSA Blog Team  


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28 comments:

Bob said...

Nice job Jim! Thanks for caring and thank you for your continued service to our country.
All the best to you.
Bob
Pennsylvania

Anonymous said...

Hopefully his action with encourage others to always do the right thing and help others in need. Kudos to Jim Flaherty.

Bob said...

Nice job Jim. Thanks for your continued service to our country. Here is wishing you all the best as some small reward for your willingness to help.
Bob
Pennsylvania

Susan Richart said...

Nice attempt at deflection, Bob. However, it's still a big fail.

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Anonymous said...

I solute Mr. Jim Flaherty for his civilian act and also for his time while serving in the US Army. The life of this lady continues because of the heroic act performed by he and the other man. Thank you both for pulling her to safety.

RB said...

I guess it is remarkable that a TSA employee took time out to help a person in distress.

Notice TSA didn't bother to find out the name of the other citizen involved.

Anonymous said...

KUDOS TO YOU, YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!

Bob Scanlon said...

Dear Mr. Flaherty,
Well done! Your heroic actions make us all proud. Thank you for representing TSA so well.
Sincerely,
Bob Scanlon
HQ

Wintermute said...

A few days ago, I witnessed a high-speed crash, called 9/11, and helped pull the three human victims and one canine one from the wreckage. Where's my "TSA critic saves three!" headline? Or at least "TSA critic saves dog!" one ;)

IOW, what Mr. Flaherty did was commendable, but has absolutely, positively, no relevance to the TSA at all and deserves no more space than my non-TSA-related deeds do.

Anonymous said...

Quote:
"Susan Richart said...
Nice attempt at deflection, Bob. However, it's still a big fail.

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March 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM"
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Some people just live to find fault. Let go of the bitterness. rejoice in someone saving someone else's life. Complain on the other posts.

Anonymous said...

Quote;
"RB said...
I guess it is remarkable that a TSA employee took time out to help a person in distress.

Notice TSA didn't bother to find out the name of the other citizen involved.

March 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM"
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RB you are so right. The AFSD should have stopped in the middle of his life saving to introduce himself and get the other man's name before they pulled the victim out. Maybe the other person didn't want to be identified? With you it's always about what TSA did wrong. How about just appreciateing that someone's life was saved and complain on another post. Or, read some good fiction than post it here as fact as you have done in the past.

Anonymous said...

Dear Bob,

I see this post from anonymous making an ad hominem attack on a TSA critic:

"With you it's always about what TSA did wrong. How about just appreciateing that someone's life was saved and complain on another post."

And I have to wonder: are you suspending the rules of the blog? Or are you only interested in your own smarmy perspective?

Oh, and for the record, I've taken a screen shot.

Anonymous said...

Susan Richart said...
Nice attempt at deflection, Bob.


Exactly. ver the next few days, look for another few "TSA worker helps cat out of tree!" posts meant to push the real issues off the front page. Always happens.

Laura Monteros said...

Way to go, Jim! Thankful you and the other person came out OK, and glad you were able to save the young woman.

C'mon, critics--it's one thing to criticize the TSA and its policies and mistakes, but when any individual does something heroic, he deserves a pat on the back.

Chris Boyce said...

Curtis,

it would seem as if you've gotten the personal attention of a member of Congress.

http://tinyurl.com/a52mvhg

Anonymous said...

Highlighting the selfless acts that one TSA employee volunteered does not mean that all TSA employees are selfless. Jim Flaherty is a model citizen and should be a model TSA employee on the job as well; until TSA starts acting as the service organization it is, I am not willing to see this as anything other than an "isolated incident."

Anonymous said...

Still does not make it OK for this individual to stick his hands into my pants.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
Quote;
"RB said...
I guess it is remarkable that a TSA employee took time out to help a person in distress.

Notice TSA didn't bother to find out the name of the other citizen involved.

March 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM"
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RB you are so right. The AFSD should have stopped in the middle of his life saving to introduce himself and get the other man's name before they pulled the victim out. Maybe the other person didn't want to be identified? With you it's always about what TSA did wrong. How about just appreciateing that someone's life was saved and complain on another post. Or, read some good fiction than post it here as fact as you have done in the past.


March 14, 2013 at 2:44 PM
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You demonstrate the typical limited thinking of TSA.

Before writing the article TSA could have reached out to police or fire officials to obtain the persons name. Yes, that person may not have been identified but that in itself could have been revealed.

But no, TSA is so starved for anything positive a rush to get a story our is more important than having all of the available details.

I'm not suggesting that rendering aid is not note worthy. It is , but it is also something that any good citizen should do.

Instead of these page fillers why doesn't TSA discuss why TSA employees can't be trained that photography is not against the law?

Why doesn't TSA address why TSA employees continue to assault and abuse people who have done nothing more than buy a ticket to fly on an airplane?

Why doesn't TSA discuss how TSA and airport employees have secure area access without ever having a background check?

Finally, why won't TSA discuss how this blog is suppose to be full of dialog yet is nothing more than a TSA propaganda outlet?

Anonymous said...

This is a nice story and I think Mr. Flaherty did a heroic thing, but it has nothing to do with TSA policies, procedures, or events.

This story belongs in the department newsletter, not on a public government blog. This is another example of the TSA Blog Team writing "feel good" posts to push negative stories off the front page.

Now, let's get back to issues that affect everyone traveling in America.

Anonymous said...

So much negative people who don't appreciate the goodness of this man saving a life! Would you care if u were trap in a burning car that TSA guy saved you? Or would you die because you hate TSA that much? Grow up people

Anonymous said...

Thank you! You are so right! Let it go!

Anonymous said...

"and this individual's actions do not reflect on the more than 50,000 men and women who work every day to keep the traveling public safe.

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team "

Jim Huggins said...

On the first page of the blog I find this statement:

This blog is sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process.

How does this posting contribute to this dialogue? I'm not sure that it does ...

GSOLTSO said...

Wintermute sez - "A few days ago, I witnessed a high-speed crash, called 9/11, and helped pull the three human victims and one canine one from the wreckage. Where's my "TSA critic saves three!" headline? Or at least "TSA critic saves dog!" one ;)"

"TSA CRITIC HELPS SAVE 3 PEOPLE AND ONE CANINE FROM AUTO WRECKAGE!"

Wintermute, I would like to commend you for your part in saving those folks and the furry family member. Thank you for taking the time to do something that some people would simply ride by and ignore. This is given with no sarcasm intended at all, and with heartfelt thanks.

(I know that is not the headline you may have wanted, but it is the one that I can give you!)

West
TSA Blog Team

GSOLTSO said...

Jim, Kudos to you, and thank you for taking the time to help this person out. Thanks also for motoring on to work as soon as things settled back down, you are a fine example for the workforce.

West
TSA Blog Team

SSSS for some reason said...

Well done Mr. Flaherty. Your training combined with quick thinking saved this women's life. You, sir, qualify as a genuine hero.

However... If I was Mr Flaherty, I would be rather upset that the TSA is trying to cash-in on my heroic actions. This is a win for Mr. Flaherty, and is completely separate from the TSA. If Mr Flaherty worked for the local grocery I doubt we would be seeing Publix try and take credit for his actions.

My two cents even if the two pennies are getting kind of dull with use.

Anonymous said...

[O]ver the next few days, look for another few "TSA worker helps cat out of tree!" posts meant to push the real issues off the front page. Always happens.
March 14, 2013 at 5:43 PM


Friday, March 15, 2013
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TSA Week in Review posted.

Monday, March 18, 2013
'Small Pocket Knives' (aka repeat post) posted.

Just one or two more, and the embarrassing column about you FAILING Covert Testing at Newark will be off the front page.

Anonymous said...

My LANDS People! Just say "thank you" for him risking his life to save another..... Everybody just HAS to find something to whine about!!!

Thank you, Jim.... Keep up the good work :)