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Kiss of life proves just the ticket from warden; Traffic official Caroline dashes to rescue of sick man.

Byline: Katie Norman

A TRAFFIC warden took a break from ticketing cars to give a man the kiss of life - before immediately returning to her duties.

Warden of six years Caroline Morgan, 44, resuscitated a collapsed man in Derwen Road, Bridgend, before guiding traffic around the attending ambulance.

A member of the public in Wyndam Street alerted her to the distressed man, who was having breathing difficulties.

She stepped in and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

"He was drifting in and out of consciousness," she said.

"He didn't at any point go out cold and he was aware that something was going on.

"I had to give him mouth-to-mouth."

Miss Morgan, a former Army Lance Corporal, performed first aid until paramedics arrived.

She then directed traffic around the ambulance and police van before the man was taken to hospital.

All traffic wardens are fully trained in first aid and keep up to date with refresher courses but it was the first time Miss Morgan had ever had to resuscitate anyone.

She said: "I did get a bit upset afterwards.

"I think my adrenalin is what had kept me going.

"I directed the traffic and then I went back to the police station and had a cup of tea.

"People see me as someone in uniform and expect me to help, and I just reacted to the situation."

Bridgend's divisional police commander, Superintendent Tim Jones, congratulated Miss Morgan on her quick-thinking actions.

He said: "Traffic wardens are a part of the policing family and part of the community as a whole.

"They are all trained in first aid and this shows how important this training can be."

katie.norman@mediawales.co.uk

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 20, 2008
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