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Life-saving bid awards

PUBLISHED: 16:38 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 12 August 2010

TWO Marks and Spencer staff and a police support officer are to receive national awards after trying to resuscitate a man who collapsed in a store. Gemma Crawford, Brian Temple and PCSO Richard Burtt are each to receive a resuscitation certificate from t

TWO Marks and Spencer staff and a police support officer are to receive national awards after trying to resuscitate a man who collapsed in a store.

Gemma Crawford, Brian Temple and PCSO Richard Burtt are each to receive a resuscitation certificate from the Royal Humane Society for their attempts to save 67-year-old John Turner, who collapsed in the Bromley High Street Marks and Spencer store on December 15.

They managed to keep him alive long enough to reach the coronary care unit at hospital but he died 48 hours later.

Announcing the award on Monday at the Royal Humane Society's London headquarters, secretary Dick Wilkinson, said: "They did everything humanly possible to save this man after he collapsed to the floor, particularly PCSO Burtt

"They worked as a team for five minutes, Ms Crawford and Mr Temple giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation using a face mask while the officer carried out chest compressions. Then, after the ambulance service arrived, PCSO Burtt continued his resuscitation attempts while the paramedic used an air bag to get air into Mr Turner's lungs.

"The officer also assisted in transferring the man into the ambulance and accompanied him to hospital. The man was 'shocked' with a defibrillator 12 times, with PCSO Burtt performing chest compressions between shocks. In all, he carried out very physically taxing CPR for over an hour.

"Though their best efforts were unable to save this man's life, they all richly deserve their awards."

No date has yet been fixed for presentation of the awards, which have been made on the recommendation of the Metropolitan Police.


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