Motorist saved by first aider
A St John Ambulance first aider put his
skills into action to help save the life of Gloucestershire man who
had a heart attack while driving his car.
David Field, Divisional Officer for the charity’s Staverton
Division, was on his way to work when he came across Fred Perkins’
He dragged the 78-year-old from his vehicle and
began Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) before an ambulance
arrived to treat Fred.
David, who has been a St John Ambulance trainer and assessor for
six years, has now been nominated for a Royal Humane
Society award by Gloucestershire Police for his
Fred, who has recently returned home after spending five weeks
in hospital following the accident at the end of June, said he had
little recollection of the attack but had no doubt that
David saved his life.
He said: 'It was about 8:30am and I had been to the sorting
office to collect a parcel. I remember driving away towards the
fire station and then I don’t remember any more.
'It goes without saying that I am incredibly grateful for what
David did and that goes for my whole family. His actions helped
save my life.'
David said that when he saw Fred’s crashed vehicle he
immediately knew he had to offer help. 'There were a couple of
other people on the scene but I went into the car and saw there was
someone there,' he explained.
'I couldn’t get a response so pulled him out of the car and
began CPR. The ambulance then
arrived and shocked him four times before we got him back. Staff at
the hospital said that me starting CPR saved him.'
David recently paid a visit to Fred, who is now recovering at
his home at The Beeches, Cirencester.
Fred, a member of the town’s Rotary Club, has already pledged to
highlight the importance of learning first aid
skills and raise the profile of Community First Responders
– a joint scheme between St John Ambulance and Great Western
Ambulance Service – who provide early patient care prior to the
arrival of an ambulance.
Fred added: 'I am very keen to see more people learn about
first aid skills and how they can save lives.'