‘Hometown Hero’ Gets Ride with Air Force Thunderbirds
10/10/2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — Christy Daae’s quick actions in a life-threatening situation involving two Fort Worth children earned her a “Hometown Hero” award from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. For her heroic actions, Daee rode in an F-16 at the 2012 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show at Fort Worth Alliance Airport.

Christy Daae accepts a "Hometown Hero" award and ride in an F-16 fighter jet from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team.

Daae, who has been an emergency nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth for 14 years, was nominated for the honor by Fort Worth firefighters who witnessed her actions that day in August. She was at a neighborhood pool Aug. 6 with her children when she noticed a 3-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy, Xander Vento, in trouble. The boy had jumped in the pool to help the girl after she fell into the deep end. Daae immediately jumped into action, helping perform two-person CPR on the boy with another off-duty clinician, who also happened to be at the pool that day. Once paramedics and firefighters arrived, she helped start an IV and give oxygen to the girl.

"Christy’s quick thinking and willingness to get involved made all the difference for the little girl, and she did everything that could be done for Xander," said Dr. Terence McCarthy, an emergency physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Fort Worth. "She gave him the best chance of survival and revived him so he could get to the hospital where his family could be by his side."

Daae carried a photo of Vento during her ride and wore a green shirt to represent the boy's favorite color and the color of organ donation. Vento’s organ donation saved six lives.

"I’m honored to be selected for this Hometown Hero ride, but I just did what any mother and nurse would do in that situation," Daae said. "My thoughts and prayers remain with Xander’s family. He is the true hero. I accepted this ride in his honor and know he was with me."

The United States Air Force Hometown Hero program highlights extraordinary citizens who are doing their part in their communities, displaying the same pride, excellence and service that America’s airmen show every day.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.