Officer helps to save man’s life after heart attack

An officer has been praised for helping to save a heart attack victim.

PC Ross Ashcroft of Essex Police was on patrol when he responded to reports of a man who had stopped breathing. PC Ashcroft, a dog handler, was the first officer on the scene and arrived to find a man being given CPR by a paramedic and member of the public.

PC Ashcroft said: “The member of public and paramedic giving CPR were doing a fantastic job, but I knew that performing chest compressions over a long period can be really tiring so I began assisting.”

The paramedic and PC Ashcroft worked in rotation to continue chest compressions on the man and managed to restart his heart. He was taken to hospital where he received treatment.

Following the incident, the man’s family contacted the force control room to pass on their thanks.

The victim’s wife said: “The prompt action and the compassion that was shown to me and my son by all emergency services was second to none. The emergency responders and the bystanders have undoubtedly saved my husband’s life.”

PC Ashcroft said: “I’m really pleased we were able to give the man the best chance of survival and hope he makes a full recovery.”

Picture shows PC Ross Ashcroft