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Shark of the Week
Airman 1st Class Kristy Becklin, entry controller, and Senior Airman David Rivera, patrolman, (unavailable for photo), both of the 45th Security Forces Squadron, were nominated for Shark of the Week . The duo identified a stroke victim, while on duty, at the Patrick Air Force Base main gate, and called the paramedics, ultimately saving his life July 17, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Heidi Hunt)
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Shark of the Week: Becklin, Rivera

Posted 8/11/2014   Updated 10/2/2014 Email story   Print story


by 45th Space Wing
Public Affairs

8/11/2014 - PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  -- Senior Airman David Rivera, patrolman, and Airman 1st Class Kristy Becklin, entry controller, both of the 45th Security Forces Squadron, were nominated for Shark of the Week.

Carl Samples, 45th Communications Space Squadron, nominated the duo because they recognized his need for medical attention and radioed 9-1-1 to dispatch emergency medical services personnel at the Patrick Air Force Base main gate, July 17, 2014, ultimately saving his life.

"I approached the gate in my vehicle and was hit with triple vision, trouble speaking and neck pain," Samples said. "I managed to get my truck stopped and attempt to ask for help.

"I don't remember much until I was in the hospital but was told if they had not acted as fast and professionally I would have had permanent damage from the micro stroke I was diagnosed with," Samples said. "I owe those two Airmen my life. Because of them I was able to return to work after only four days as compared to a possible six months."

Name: Airman 1st Class Kristy Becklin
Duty Title: 45th SFS Entry Controller
Time in service: 2 years, 3 months
Hometown: Whitehall, Michigan
Hobbies/Interests: I love camping and any outdoor activities. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I like playing basketball, Frisbee golf, and snowboarding.
Motto: "No one knows what he can do until he tries." - Publilius Syrus
Why do you serve: I'm the first in my family to serve in the military. I chose to serve to start a new career as a cop and learn about the military. I was previously a respiratory therapist and wanted to change career fields. I love helping others and my community.
How do you support the mission: I support the mission by controlling entry into the installation and protecting resources. I also help the mission by assisting others with any emergencies that can happen on base.

(Rivera was unavailable for questionnaire)

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