First class postie in line for award

A QUICK-thinking postman could be honoured with a prestigious award after helping save the life of a woman he found collapsed and unconscious. Roger Hartwell, of Mead Vale, Worle, had just collected mail from the Smile store in Milton Road when he spotted

A QUICK-thinking postman could be honoured with a prestigious award after helping save the life of a woman he found collapsed and unconscious.Roger Hartwell, of Mead Vale, Worle, had just collected mail from the Smile store in Milton Road when he spotted a young woman motionless on the pavement. After putting her in the recovery position her breathing stopped, and her heart soon after.With the help of dental technician Nikos Mastro, who works at Weston Dental Laboratory, they managed to re-start her heart using a combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.Mr Hartwell, aged 54, who is married with two children, has now been shortlisted by Royal Mail for the its annual 1st Class People Award for the courageous act.He has already been handed £100 for making the shortlist, and if picked for the South West award will win £500 and could go on to win another £1,000 in the national competition.Mr Hartwell said: "The last I heard the woman was making good progress in hospital. Although I do not know her it's nice to know I have helped save someone's life."I learnt the first aid skills when I worked as a musician in the Royal Marines and it was good to finally put them into practice.


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