Two Northamptonshire police officers have reached the final of a national first aid competition.
PC Ian North and PC Nichola Murray have been shortlisted in the Workplace Hero category of the second annual St John Ambulance First Aid Awards for performing CPR to save a young man’s life. The Workplace Hero award acknowledges individuals who have been the difference between life and death in their workplace.
The University of Northampton has also been shortlisted for an award in the education sector.
Last November Ian North and Nichola Murray were flagged down by a member of the public to attend an unconscious man who was lying on the ground and had facial injuries. PC North cleared the crowds and started basic first aid while PC Murray helped with crowd control and called for an ambulance. On checking that the patient’s airway was clear, PC North detected that he was not breathing and began chest compressions, while PC Murray liaised with Ambulance Control. A paramedic arrived and worked with the two police officers who took it in turns applying shocks, delivering chest compressions and oxygen. PC North applied two shocks before signs of life were detected. Neither police officer had ever performed CPR in a real-life situation before. The casualty made a full recovery and both officers have been credited with saving his life.
Nichola and Ian said: “It was a real team effort between us and, with the support from the ambulance controller and paramedic Lisa Yates, we were able to put our first aid at work training into practice. It is not everyday that you can say you saved someone’s life.”
The awards are on Monday, November 19, and are hosted by survival expert Ray Mears.