Officer to be nominated for bravery award

A POLICE officer will be nominated for a bravery award after keeping a man alive for 20 minutes using mouth-to mouth resuscitation until ambulance officers were able to arrive at the scene.

A 58-year old man from The Channon was lucky to be alive, according to acting Inspector Dave Longfield of the Lismore police.

Officers were in the local area attending a traffic accident when they were called to The Channon address after a report was made that a man was dead.

By the time they arrived the man was no longer breathing, but he did have a heartbeat, Insp Longfield said.

The police officer, as yet unnamed, administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for 20 minutes until ambulance officers arrived from Lismore.

The man was brought back to consciousness by the ambulance officers who then took him to Lismore Base hospital.

The actions of the police officer made a "significant contribution to the man making a recovery", Insp Longfield said.

The man was also very lucky the police officers happened to be close at hand at the time.

"This is a good news story for police," the acting inspector said.

"The officer will be nominated for an award from the Royal Humane Society."

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