Security Officer awarded

THE PROMPT and effective actions of a Wellington Square Security Officer were crucial in saving a member of the public’s life.

The swift actions have led Karl Bell to be awarded a Resuscitation Certificate from the Royal Humane Society.

Karl was on patrol at the shopping centre last December when a male collapsed on the mall. Karl saw the incident and once the male had regained consciousness he led the male into one of the stores to help make his wait for the ambulance comfortable. Unfortunately, the situation took a critical turn in-store and the male experienced a heart attack.

Undeterred, Karl took immediate action, performing CPR for twenty minutes until a defibrillator arrived at the scene. Upon its arrival, Karl used the live-saving device to sustain the gentleman’s life until the ambulance crew arrived on site.

The ambulance team acknowledged Karl’s rapid response, stating that the gentleman would not have survived without his quick intervention. The gentleman was taken to the hospital and has since made a full recovery.

Matt Boxall, Centre Manager at Wellington Square, said: “We take immense pride in Karl’s quick response and we are honoured that The Royal Humane Society has recognised his actions and awarded him a Resuscitation Certificate in recognition of his actions that day.”

The Royal Humane Society is a charity that grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and also for the restoration of life by resuscitation.

The Society was founded in London in 1774 by two eminent medical men, William Hawes and Thomas Cogan, who were keen to promote techniques of resuscitation.

The Society recognises people who have contributed to the saving or attempted saving of life. Resuscitation certificates are awarded to those who, though not professionally trained to do so, carry out a successful resuscitation.

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