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Resident thanks police officers for lifesaving act

Lifesavers news release

A Staffordshire resident is thanking three police officers for saving his life after he suffered a heart attack at a Midlands airport.

Quick-thinking police officers were on hand to use a defibrillator when David Jackson collapsed whilst waiting for his luggage after returning to Birmingham Airport from Majorca in October.

The seventy-year-old, who celebrates his 70th birthday next week, was keen to thank the officers who he says saved his life by using their first aid training. One of the officers had been on a first aid refresher, including how to give CPR and use the defibrillator, just the day before he helped David.

Statistics from the British Heart Foundation show there are around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10%.

A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. These machines can also be called AEDs (automated external defibrillators).

David, who lives at Riverside House, an older people’s housing scheme in Penkridge managed by Care Plus, invited the police officers to visit him at the scheme so he could thank them personally for saving his life.

“I would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the actions of the police officers. I don’t remember anything until I was in the hospital but I know they stayed with me until the paramedics arrived. I really appreciate what they did for me,” said David.

He added: “I had sent the officers a picture of me just to remind them of whose life they saved, but we thought it would be even better to thank them in person.”

Officers PC O’Neill, PC Cartwright and PC Ingram have been nominated for a Royal Humane Society Award by Inspector Keith Wiseman for their actions.

Inspector Wiseman said: “This is a powerful example of just how good the piece of equipment used is and will hopefully encourage more people to be aware that they exist in key locations. When you see how this helped to save someone’s life, it is worth receiving training to know how to work defibrillators in case you need to use them.

“It is fantastic that David has shown his gratitude to the officers involved and I have nominated them for a Royal Humane Society award to recognise the steps they took to help David.”

Debbie Brownlie, Care Plus’ manager of Riverside House, where David lives, said: “Myself and David’s family wish to convey our thanks and gratitude for the police officers’ help and immediate response in assisting David. I am personally aware of the split second decisions that you face when confronted with a life or death situation, and am truly grateful that they were able to put their training to very good use.”