A Bedlington supermarket duo have been named as first aid finalists in a national award ceremony.
Tesco worker Kirsty Perry and her manager Dave Moreland, are finalists in the High Street Hero category in the St John Ambulance’s annual Everyday Heroes awards, which recognises individuals who have made an exceptional first aid achievement.
Kirsty and Dave had to put their first aid skills into action recently when an elderly customer collapsed in an aisle.
The pair were forced to start CPR on the 81-year-old until the ambulance arrived.
And thanks to the actions of the two employees, the ambulance crew was able to restart the man’s heart before he was taken to hospital.
Kirsty, 26, said: “When I found the elderly gentleman in difficulty and collapsed on the floor, my first aid training kicked in immediately.
“It really highlights how important it is to get first aid skills, even the basics, as it can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. I’m so thankful I was able to help our customer.”
Simon Dunn, regional director, St John Ambulance (north east), added: “This year’s finalists have some truly remarkable stories to tell.
“It’s wonderful to be able to recognise the Everyday Heroes who are saving lives and encouraging others to do the same, and I hope they inspire others to learn first aid so they, too, can be the difference between life and death.”
Kirsty and Dave will attend the awards ceremony in London on March 26.