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Worker collects lifesaving award.

LIFESAVER Amy Scott has been given an award for saving a colleague who went into cardiac arrest.

Amy, an AA customer service advisor, leapt to the rescue of Cicely Slatter when she started fitting in their office on Newcastle Business Park.

Her first aid skills meant Amy was able to keep the 22-year-old alive until paramedics arrived.

Now Amy, from Longbenton, North Tyneside, has been given a Highly Commended certificate at the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes' Awards in London. The ceremony was also attended by HRH The Countess of Wessex and TV presenter Tess Daly.

Amy, 25, said: "My first aid skills just kicked in and when I saw Cicely was blue I started CPR with help from work colleagues. Cicely and I are friends for life now. The experience made me realise how important it is to have first aid skills.

"It was just a normal day at work for me and I never thought I would need to call on the first aid training, but I'm so thankful I knew what to do when faced with an emergency like this."

Amy, who learned first aid with Wallsend Sea Cadets, said she was elated to have been nominated by those cadets for the High Street Hero of the Year Award.

Amy said: "It was amazing to be highly commended among such inspirational people who have put their first aid skills into action to save lives. It was an honour to be a finalist and it was a fantastic event."

Chief executive of St John Ambulance Sue Killen, said: "These everyday heroes are an inspiration to us all. Anyone can learn first aid but not enough people do. Whether you download a free app or go on a two hour course, it's so easy to learn."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 29, 2014
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