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Life saving special constables come to rescue of pensioner in Worthing street
3:24pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
Two special constables saved the life of a pensioner who collapsed in the back of a car.
Alex Brown and Robert Teear came to the aid of an unnamed 84-year-old whose heart had stopped in the back of his daughter’s car.
The pair were on patrol in Richmond Road, Worthing, as part of the town’s carnival procession on Monday when at about 3pm a car stopped in front of the constables’ vehicle and a woman ran to them for help.
The two officers parked their vehicle and rushed to help the woman's 84-year-old father whose heart had stopped.
They got the man out of the car and began performing CPR on him on the side of the road while his family called for an ambulance.
The two officers accompanied the family to the hospital to support them while the man was being worked on.
The pensioner had a history of heart problems and is waiting for an operation to fit a pacemaker. He remains in a seriously ill at Worthing Hospital.
Mr Brown, 21, from Sompting, who works full time for an online retail company, said: "He was unconscious and wasn't breathing so I began doing CPR.
"By the time the paramedics arrived he was starting to breathe on his own."
Mr Teear, 20, from Worthing, whose day job is at a tree nursery, said: "We had been saying that morning how rarely it was that we got to use our first aid training and then that happened.
"We just helped in any way we could."
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