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8:43 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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Two Colorado State Patrol Troopers saved a man's life while they were on a Delta flight from Denver International Airport to Atlanta.

Lt. Colonel Brenda Leffler told 9NEWS she and Major Steve Garcia were sitting in their seats when they heard a commotion.

She was listening to her iPhone and she says a man's wife was screaming behind them. Leffler says they believe the man had had a heart attack and he was unconscious.

"We've worked together over 10 years, and I looked at him [Garcia] and we knew immediately what we had to do. And we worked as a team ... and it didn't really strike me until afterwards what had happened, until the other passengers ... started asking if we were paramedics." Leffler said.

She and Garcia told them they're with the Colorado State Patrol. Leffler is also an Army medic.

She says they were able to revive the man with a defibrillator.

She says she, Garcia and the man's wife, who is also a nurse, breathed a sigh of relief when it was all over.

When asked if she thought they were heroes she said, "We are not heroes, we are state troopers. This is what we do every day ... we're well trained. Major Garcia and I are just glad the gentleman will be all right."

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