A YOUNG policeman who gave a teenager whose heart stopped first aid in front of 200 people has received a life-saver’s award.
PC Ian North, 27, of Corby, received a Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificate at the county police awards on Thursday for saving the life of an 18-year-old who collapsed outside the Cube on Bonfire Night.
PC North, who had only performed CPR on a dummy before, said: “When I was clearing his airway he just stopped breathing. It just came natural to go straight into CPR.
“There were probably 200 members of the public surrounding me, so I had all those watching. There was a lot of pressure on me.”
PC North, who has served the force in Corby for seven-and-a-half years, was on patrol on one of the busiest nights of the year for police when he saw a crowd near the Cube.
He stopped the car and ran over, thinking there was a fight.
But in the middle of the crowd he found the 18-year-old, who had collapsed after taking drugs in Hazel Wood and lying prone.
PC North said: “There was a four-inch gash in his chin open and blood was flowing from it.”
He put the teenager in the recovery position but he stopped breathing and was about to go into cardiac arrest.
A colleague called an ambulance while PC North performed CPR.
He said: “It felt like four hours but it was probably only two minutes.”
Presenting the award, Chief Supt Richard James said: “The family were extremely grateful to Ian and his colleague for their intervention, following a home visit.
“Considering the sensitivity of the incident, Ian provided dignity for the casualty during a busy night in Corby town with large crowds of families and children.”
In all 22 officers and 12 civilians received awards at the annual ceremony at police headquarters in Northampton.
Family and friends were invited as guests. Simon Schanschieff, representative of the Lord Lieutenant, and Chief Con Adrian Lee gave speeches.