Rex Purchase from Dorset

Rex Purchase, DorsetI became a fully qualified Cadet in July 1947. As a volunteer, I have dealt with two infants at the first aid hut on Weymouth beach in separate choking incidents.

I also assisted at Weymouth Carnival, helping resuscitate an elderly gentleman following a cardiac arrest. He died the following day in hospital but his family were able to spend precious hours with him which would, otherwise have been denied them.

I have assisted, or been first on the scene, at several road accidents, including one involving a young woman motorcyclist who was seriously injured from bridge railings. When I got to work I realised that the young woman was a colleague whom I had not recognised due to her serious injuries.

Miraculously, the young woman survived.South West

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