Man’s life saved by swift action

A man who collapsed in Scarborough would probably have died without the help of four police officers and two members of the public.

Bill Renton was shopping with his wife in the Brunswick Centre when he collapsed, fell unconscious and stopped breathing.

Ben Lacey, who works at the centre, rushed to Mr Renton’s aid, putting him in the recovery position and shouting for help.

Police community support officer Barry Dolan, who was on foot patrol in the town centre, administered CPR and asked for a defibrillator. Ben’s colleague Josh Waterman located the nearest one, which was used on Mr Renton.

Police officers William Knapp, Danielle Vidler and Kirsty Forth helped. As a result of their efforts, Mr Renton regained consciousness and was take to hospital by ambulance.

He had heart surgery and has since made a full recovery. Hospital staff told the six involved in resuscitating Mr Renton that without their swift action he could have died.

They were later presented with Royal Humane Society resuscitation certificates by chief constable Lisa Winward. She said: “Once again, this shows how important defibrillators are and I would encourage everyone to find out where their nearest defibrillator is as you never know when it might save someone’s life”.

Mr Renton, who was present, expressed his gratitude to those who saved his life: “They did the most brilliant job and I am so very grateful to these six people without whom I would not be standing here today”.

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