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Cornish heroes nominated for national St John Ambulance prize

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

By Chris Matthews

  • Clare Greenwood.

  • John Ollernshaw and Ceinwen Morgans, when they met last month after she saved his life.

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LIFESAVERS from Truro and Falmouth have their fingers crossed after making the shortlist of the St John Ambulance annual awards ceremony to be held in March.

Clare Greenwood, from Truro, and Falmouth's Ceinwen Morgans are finalists in the Everyday Hero of the Year and High Street Hero of the Year categories respectively.

The ceremony will be presented by Tess Daly in London on March 26.

Ms Greenwood saved the life of friend Jo Simmons, after completing a first aid course, by using the 'back blows' method when Jo began to choke at a meal in July 2013.

She said: "She was leaning forward unable to speak and I thought that it was the early stages of seizure or choking.

"She thanked me profusely saying she hadn't been able to breathe and that I had saved her life and I just said to her it was lucky that I had been up to speed with my first aid."

Ms Greenwood, an image consultant, was sponsored for the first-aid course by The James Parkinson Centre for people living with Parkinson's disease in Cornwall, for which she raises funds.

Restaurant manager Ms Morgans was working at The Princess Pavilion in Falmouth when diner John Ollernshaw went into sudden cardiac arrest.

She ensured an ambulance was called for and started CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).

She refused to give up until the emergency services arrived, despite a delay.

As a result of her swift intervention, Mr Ollernshaw made a miraculous recovery and had no lasting medical problems as a result of his cardiac arrest.

Full details of the awards can be found at www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes

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