Masonic life saver
As a direct result of an initiative
started by St John Ambulance, Humberside in 2006, an elderly Hull
man is about to be discharged from hospital after surviving a
near-fatal heart attack.
Saving a life
Mike Steel and David Duffill were credited with this dramatic
and successful life-saving response. Both having been trained
by St John Ambulance in resuscitation techniques and the use
of an Automated External Defibrulator, Steel and Duffill were
able to make use of this training to react effectively when
they say the casualty collapse in early March.
This success is wonderful news – a credit to those Brothers who acted so promptly and effectively and complete vindication of our determination to distribute defibrillators as widely as possible throughout the community.
Executive Director for St John Ambulance- Humberside and a member of the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge of YNER
Proving that they were able to apply
their training to a real-life situation, Steel and Duffill
successfully re-started the victim’s heart using the Defibrillator
and continued with CPR until the arrival of Paramedics from
Yorkshire Ambulance Service who were able to transport him to
hospital alive, albeit in a critical condition.
As members of the Freemasons, Brothers
Mike Steel and David Duffill and the casualty were all at a meeting
of the De La Pole Lodge No 1605 when the incident happened.
Masonic first aiders
St John Ambulance works to ensure that anyone who requires first
aid has access to it and the no one need suffer unneccessarily. To
achieve these goals, St John trains around half a million people
each year, including many of those who are members of the
Over 450 Freemasons have now been trained
by St John Ambulance Humberside in Emergency First Aid and AED
skills throughout both Provinces of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire,
North and East Ridings in a drive to bring essential first aid
skills into the wider community through Freemasonry – an initiative
which has received the unstinting support of both Provincial Grand