Thornbury life saver presented with national award

December 19 2017

THE life-saving action of Environment Agency employer Marcus Fry has earned him a national award.

THE life-saving action of Environment Agency employer Marcus Fry has earned him a national award.

Mr Fry, a project manager from Thornbury, and fellow worker Rob Nichols swung into action after a colleague collapsed at the agency’s head office in Bristol.

The woman was unresponsive and struggling to breathe so first aider Mr Fry started administering cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

He also used a defibrillator to prevent the risk of brain damage until an ambulance arrived. 

Mr Nichols, a software contractor, took over CPR while the defibrillator was powered up.

Mr Fry, 55, said: “These things work on a fluttering heart so while Rob, a volunteer with West Midlands Ambulance Service, continued the CPR, I put the pads on the patient.

“The machine did an analysis and instructed us to continue mouth-to-mouth and CPR.

“After two to three minutes the paramedics arrived, followed by an ambulance carrying larger equipment, and then a doctor by helicopter.”

The medics stabilised the patient before taking her to hospital, where she was slowly awakened and treated for her heart condition.

Richard Houghton, deputy director of health, safety and well-being at the Environment Agency, said: “We are very proud of and grateful to our quick-thinking colleagues whose calmness and first aid knowledge saved their workmate’s life.”

A defibrillator sends an electric shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm. Prompt treatment increases a victim’s chances of survival and reduces the risk of brain damage. 

The woman who was saved, while not being named, said: “I feel like the luckiest person in the world.

“Marcus and Rob provided the assistance I needed with minimum delay. Their actions were impeccable. I was in hospital for two days in an induced coma and thankfully hadn’t suffered any neurological damage when I came around.”

The lifesavers travelled to London to collect their award from Anne Jolly, the founder of SADS UK, a national charity that campaigns to prevent loss of life from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.

Mr Fry received a Lifepak defibrillator, which he is donating to a village hall in Wiltshire.