Widow made award special
BEING named the recipients of the Meritorious Action Award was a huge honour for Mick Farrell and Stuart Mackenzie, but it was the person who nominated them that made the award so special.
Both men rushed to the aid of a man Mr Mackenzie found unconscious on the footpath, administering CPR and mouth to mouth resuscitation for 20 minutes until the ambulance arrived.
Sadly the man, Norm Ellicott, later died in hospital.
But their efforts in trying to save him have stayed with Mr Ellicott's widow, Sandra, who put forward the nomination.
"It was so lovely of her to do this. We will be calling in to see her to say thank you," Mr Farrell said.
Mr Farrell and Mr Mackenzie hope that their award will encourage others to be trained in CPR.
"Everyone should learn CPR. The time between cardiac arrest and the ambulance arriving is a crucial time when the public can really help," Mr Farrell said.