Phil Enis and two of his co-workers were recently honored by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association for their quick thinking in an emergency landing situation last year.

Enis, a former Krum school board president, served on the board for 16 years and works as an air traffic controller in Fort Worth.

He and co-workers Thomas Herd and Hugh Hunton won the Archie League Medal of Safety Award for the southwest region at the NACTA banquet in Las Vegas in October. The award is named after Archie League, the nation’s first air traffic controller, and goes to those who keep a cool head in pressure situations that occur in the skies.

In February 2017, the men helped a local neurologist make an emergency landing when his plane went into complete electrical failure on a trip to Paris, Texas. Unable to communicate with the pilot, the team identified the man and contacted local hospitals to track down his cellphone number.

The men tried calling the pilot but failed to reach him. They tried texting instead, and he was able to respond. The air traffic controllers then coordinated with local airports and runways to ensure a safe landing.

“We at Krum ISD are proud to have had Mr. Enis serve on the board for a total of 16 years, 13 of which he served as president of the board,” the district said in a news release. “His actions speak to the testament that everyday people can make a huge difference.”

CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @CjonesDRC.

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