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Builder saves life after first aid course

Quick-thinking builder Martin Turner saved the life of a pensioner just weeks after taking a first aid course.

Mr Turner, 40, from Puddletown, carried out CPR on 84-year-old Roy Hardy after he saw him collapsed on a chip shop floor.

Paramedics said he saved Mr Hardy’s life after leaping into action at the Case and Brewer Fish and Chip Shop in Victoria Road, Dorchester.

Mr Hardy had suffered a heart attack and was lying on the floor of the shop when Mr Turner walked in. He did CPR for about ten minutes until the ambulance arrived.

Mr Turner said: “I had just come out of the hospital myself as I had got kidney stones and was waiting for an operation, so I hadn’t had anything to eat all day and just went to the chip shop when I noticed Mr Hardy lying on the floor, and he was completely blue.

“I saw a guy there rubbing his chest and that wasn’t doing anything so I started doing CPR and carried on for about ten minutes until the ambulance turned up.

“The paramedics shocked him a couple of times and actually got him to breathe again but they turned round and said if it wasn’t for us he would be dead for sure.”

He said he learnt the skills on a recent first aid course for work.

Mr Hardy was treated at Dorset County Hospital and is now recovering at home.

He said: “He was in the right spot at the right time and I wouldn’t be here today without him.”

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