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Richmond mayor helps save stricken stallholder
A TOWN’S mayor and his wife have been praised for going beyond the call of their civic duties to help save the life of a man who had collapsed in the street.
Councillor Bob White, the mayor of Richmond, North Yorkshire, was attending a coffee morning in the town hall on Saturday when he was alerted by his wife Moira that a stallholder was in trouble.
At one point no pulse could be detected, but the former ambulance man used his skills to take over cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until an ambulance arrived to transported the man to hospital.
Coun White said: “I was attending a coffee morning in the town hall when my wife saw the man collapse in the Market Place.
“She went up to him and put him in the recovery position and tried to phone me, but could not get through, so she ran to fetch me.
“When I got to the man there was a group around him attempting first aid. He was in a bad way and had turned completely blue.
“Having been in the ambulance service I took over the CPR. I carried out chest compressions while an air cadet did mouth-to-mouth.
“We worked together for three minutes when the man got back his pulse - and kept up CPR for a further five minutes until the ambulance arrived.”
He added: “It was just lucky that I was in the town hall at the time.”
Ian Kendall of Tadcaster said: “I was visiting the town when I saw people helping out the man and was surprised to hear it was the town’s mayor and mayoress.
“Well done to them and Richmond. They deserve every praise. It is nice to know there are people who can help when called on."
The condition of the man, who was taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, is not known.
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