Chris Keogh, the senior warden and master elect of South Shore Lodge No 4672, was on his way home at around 2:30 am after a late night of road marking, (Chris runs his own business JK Roadmakings Ltd).
Not far from his home, Chris observed a lady lying on the pavement and being concerned, Chris pulled over and went to check to see if she was okay.
Chris instantly realised that the lady wasn’t breathing and was very cold. Chris immediately telephoned 999 emergency services and commenced CPR. The operator instructed Chris to continue CPR and counted the compressions with him and shortly after the lady started breathing.
The operator asked Chris to tell her every time the lady took a breath; which he did but after a few breaths the lady stopped breathing again, so he started compressions again and managed to get the lady breathing once more just as the ambulance arrived.
He remained on the phone counting breaths until the paramedics had got all their PPE and equipment ready to take over.
We have no information on the lady other than that she is okay and was still recovering in hospital. Chris said: “The 999 operators don’t get enough credit for the work they do, staying so calm throughout and making sure that I understood what I needed to do and ensured the timings were perfect.”
No doubt Chris saved the lady’s life but he could not have done so without the operator’s help.
Article by Tony Farrah.