Lifesaving first aider backs national campaign

Colin Stevens with his stepson Ross Dykes
Colin Stevens with his stepson Ross Dykes

A Corby first aider who saved his stepfather’s life is backing a national campaign which is aimed at cutting heart attack deaths.

St John Ambulance launched its New Year’s resolution campaign this week aimed at urging people to learn the tell-tale signs of a heart attack and the correct action to take.

Ross Dykes, of Bideford Square, Corby, who is helping to promote the initiative in Northamptonshire, took swift action when his stepdad Colin Stevens had a heart attack in July.

The 18-year-old, who has been a member of St John Ambulance since he was nine, recognised how ill Colin was, called an ambulance and administered first aid.

His stepdad made a good recovery and now Ross is encouraging others to learn vital life-saving skills.

He said: “My story proves that first aid can be the difference between life and death. It is so important that everyone learns first aid as you never know when you might need it to help someone in need.”

A spokesman for St John Ambulance said: “This January, we want everybody to make a New Year’s resolution they can keep – learn how to save a life.”

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