Navy honors are adding up for the son of Richland residents who is serving with the Naval Health Clinic in Charleston, S.C.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Davis, a hospital corpsman who grew up in Umatilla, is being lauded for coming to the aid of a fellow passenger on a recent commercial flight.
Davis, who has served in the Navy for more than seven years, was returning to duty after spending two weeks in Richland to celebrate Christmas with his father and stepmother, Tom and Kim Davis, sisters Breanne and Amber, and girlfriend Alexa Uhler.
“Nothing really happened until I came back home,” said Davis, 27. Davis said he was only on the Alaska Airlines flight after being bumped from his flight the day before.
According to the Navy, Davis was traveling home to Charleston on Dec. 27 when a fellow passenger lost consciousness.
The unidentified man’s frantic wife summoned flight attendants, who asked if there were any doctors or nurses on the plane.
Davis was listening to music on headphones, but heard the request and volunteered that he has medical training as a corpsman.
Davis said the patient, 51, was flush. He confirmed the man had a pulse and was breathing and checked for signs of a heart attack. The unidentified patient had a weak but steady pulse.
Davis moved him to the floor of the aisle and used a pillow to stabilize his head. He propped the man’s legs on several pieces of luggage to improve blood flow and checked his vital statistics. He remained with the man until he was fully coherent and instructed flight attendants to give him orange juice in case he suffered from low blood sugar. Davis said the man, who was traveling to a family wedding in Charleston, revived and was able to thank him for his assistance at the baggage claim area.
Alaska Airlines honored him with a Good Samaritan certificate and $200 voucher toward a future flight.
“He’s an awesome sailor,” Robert Miley, Naval Health Clinic Charleston command master chief, said in a release. “I’m not surprised at all that he was able to rise to the occasion and perform the way that he did.”