By The Daily Caller. The fireman who tried to save Southwest Airlines passenger Jennifer Riordan spoke out on CNN’s “New Day” Friday and said he was inspired by God to step in and help.
“God created a servant heart in me. And I felt the calling to get up and do something, stand up and act,” Andrew Needum said.
Needum said he was doing what any firefighter across the country would have done.
“I’m no different than any other firefighter in this country,” he said. “For some reason, whatever reason that is, it was me that day.” (Read more from “Hero Firefighter Who Pulled Southwest Passenger from Window Recounts Harrowing Story” HERE)
Firefighter on Board Fatal Southwest Flight Speaks on Trying to Save Woman
By NBC News. It was before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when Andrew Needum, a firefighter from a Dallas suburb, boarded Southwest Flight 1380 with his wife, their two young children and his parents.
They were rushing that morning to make the flight, and heading home to Texas after their first trip to New York City. There, Needum’s parents celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary and he got to shake hands with firefighters and visit the 9/11 Memorial and the New York City Fire Museum . . .
Needum, 34, is credited as one of the passengers who sprang into action to help a woman who was partially sucked out of the plane’s window when an engine exploded after takeoff. She later died from her injuries as the chaos unfolded 30,000 feet in the air, forcing an emergency landing in Philadelphia . . .
Out of respect, Needum declined to discuss exactly what he witnessed while trying to save the victim — Jennifer Riordan, a Wells Fargo executive from New Mexico.
But he praised two other passengers — real estate worker Tim McGinty and retired nurse Peggy Phillips — who helped pull Riordan back inside the plane and then performed CPR. (Read more from “Firefighter on Board Fatal Southwest Flight Speaks on Trying to Save Woman” HERE)