Local hero gives lifesaving CPR to woman collapsed on Lincoln roadside

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The brave and calm actions of a Victoria Palmer from Lincoln helped to save the life of a young woman after she collapsed on the side of the road.

Police chiefs described how she gave CPR and compassionately cared for the casualty when she stopped breathing twice.

She has been recognised with a special award by Lincolnshire Police at a ceremony this week.

Guests were told how a police officer was travelling along Longsdale Road in Lincoln on the evening of Tuesday, January 10, 2017 when they saw Victoria tending to a young woman who was lying unconscious on the pavement.

When the officer stopped, Victoria explained what had happened and insisted on remaining with the woman. This enabled the officer to contact the ambulance service and provide full details.

Whilst waiting for an update, the woman stopped breathing, but Victoria calmly informed the officer of this and proceeded to carry out chest compressions.

The woman began to regain consciousness and became extremely distressed, but Victoria’s composed and compassionate manner immediately calmed her.

The circumstances meant the ambulance service upgraded the call but in the time it took for them to arrive the woman stopped breathing again twice, Victoria performed CPR each time.

She then gave a comprehensive handover to ambulance crews.

The citation at the Annual Recognition Awards read: “There is no doubt that without Victoria’s actions that day the outcome for the young woman who collapsed could have been very different.

“Her calm manner and quick thinking actions undoubtedly helped to save the woman’s life.

“The Chief Constable is pleased to ask Air Commodore Peter Squires to present the Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificate to Victoria Palmer.”