Two police officers put their first aid training to good use last week when a sixty-five year old man collapsed at the check-in desk and suffered a cardiac arrest. The officers were on patrol at the time and thanks to their training were able to administer CPR until the emergency services arrived on the scene. When the man did not respond to CPR, the police officers used a defibrillator to restart his heart twice.
The man was taken to hospital and was said to be in a stable condition.
When Inspector Peter Knight of the BHCAPU was asked about the incident he said:
“The quick response, skill and training of PC Shellum and PC Estes proved invaluable last Tuesday in saving the life of a passenger at Luton Airport and I cannot praise the pair enough for their actions.
“All officers are trained in first aid techniques and this incident proves just how vital knowledge of CPR can be in saving someone’s life.”
Cardiac arrest can strike at any time, and this incident highlights not only the value of first aid training, but also the vital role that defibrillators can play in saving lives.