Wiltshire cops save heart attack victim’s life

Two Wiltshire Police officers saved the life of a man who had a heart attack at the wheel.

The motorist had suffered a heart attack and collapsed while driving, going straight over a roundabout before crashing into a lamppost and a tree.

PC Sarah Pickles and PC Rachel Jackson, from Wiltshire West Community Policing Team, were out on a routine patrol in Trowbridge when they saw the man crash and performed life-saving CPR while they waited for an ambulance. Following a stay in the Bristol Royal Infirmary, he is now recovering at home.

PC Jackson said: "As a police officer you know your job is to help people and protect the public, and sometimes that does include performing first aid. We aren't paramedics, but we do have first aid training so we know what to do if and when we are first on the scene and need to save a life.

"This was an unusual incident because luckily we just happened to be driving behind him when it happened and could spring into action."

PC Pickles added: "We all undergo first aid training every year and in those situations your training just kicks in and we were glad to have helped. We're just glad this story has had such a happy ending and he is recovering so well."