JACKSONVILLE, Florida— When a man suffered an apparent heart attack on a flight from Atlanta to Phoenix, Tim Tebow emerged from the first-class section and helped comfort his family.
Erik Dellenbach, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation, tells the Florida Times-Union that the former NFL quarterback prayed with the family and other passengers after the medical emergency on the Sunday night flight.
One passenger shared a photo and posted on Facebook:
“… I watched strangers from all over the world and every ethnicity come to the help of this man for over an hour! Whether it was chest compressions, starting an IV, helping breathe life into this man, or praying everyone helped! I listened to shock after shock from the AED machine and still no pulse. No one gave up. I observed people praying and lifting this man up to the Lord in a way that I’ve never seen before. The crew of Delta Airlines were amazing. They acted in a fast and professional manner! Then all of a sudden, I observed a guy walking down the aisle. That guy was Tim Tebow. He met with the family as they cried on his shoulder! I watched Tim pray with the entire section of the plane for this man. He made a stand for God in a difficult situation…”
After the plane landed in Phoenix, Dellenbach says Tebow used a car that had been waiting for him to carry the man’s family to the hospital where he’d been taken. Sadly, the passenger later died at the hospital, according to PEOPLE.
It’s not the first time Tebow has been in the news lately. After the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting, he left a trip to the Bahamas to visit a former high school teammate who was injured in the attack.