Defibrillator paid for by customers of Norwich pub used to save man’s life
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A defibrillator paid for by customers of a Norwich pub was used to save a regular's life – one year after vandals put it out of action.
Members of the public and two police officer rushed to help the 77-year-old when he fell near the BP garage on Plumstead Road.
PC Kerron Tuttle and PC Olly Farrow performed CPR, while another person grabbed a community-funded defibrillator from a wall next to Howards estate agents.
Thanks to their efforts – and that of the paramedics who arrived on scene – the man survived and was taken to hospital.
His friend Keith Curtis said: 'I've told him all about what happened and said if it wasn't for that defibrillator on the wall he might not have made it.'
The equipment was paid for by customers of the Windmill Pub on Knox Road.
Mr Curtis, 62, said the man who collapsed was a regular at the pub and was grateful to those who helped.
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Jilly Cutting, 73, who led the fundraising to purchase the defibrillator, said it demonstrated just how important the equipment was.
'I was really emotional and proud to hear that it was used to save a life,' she said. 'Even more so because I did know the man and had seen him in the pub before.'
Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPAD) work by sending an electrical shock to restore the heart's normal rhythm.
Mrs Cutting said customers and staff from the pub donated £1,400 towards the equipment. She said a further £200 was donated by Archer's Butchers.
The incident happened 12 months after vandals damaged the CPAD, resulting in it being temporarily out of action.
Rosy Short, 75, who also helped with the fundraising, said the equipment had not been tampered with since.
She added: 'Because the police were able to revive the man with it, it was worth the £1,600 we paid.'
A spokesman for Norfolk police said an officer was called to the scene at 8.45am on March 19.
An ambulance service spokesman said two rapid response vehicles, an air ambulance and one land ambulance were sent to the scene.
The spokesman said the man was taken to hospital in a critical condition.