A PCSO has been commended for saving the life of a stroke victim.
Demi Georghiou won an award at Sussex Police’s East Sussex Divisional Awards ceremony on Monday (October 13).
He was off duty and attending a morning church service at St Mary Magdalen in St Leonards on January 25 this year. He heard a commotion at the front of the congregation and saw a man slumped in his seat not breathing.
Demi without hesitation lifted the man’s head, cleared his airway and started to do compressions while instructing a nearby man to call an ambulance.
While continuing to perform the CPR and constantly talking to the unconscious man, he was eventually resuscitated by Demi who then rolled him into the recovery position and offered reassuring words for the man’s distressed wife until the ambulance arrived.
The man, Neofitos Petri, 87, from St Leonards had suffered a bad reaction to some medication he had taken earlier and was rushed to hospital by paramedics.
Demi was one of scores of police officers, staff, volunteers and members of the public recognised for their bravery, compassion and professionalism at Monday’s awards.
Chief superintendent Neil Honnor, East Sussex’s divisional commander, opened the ceremony. He said: “For me this is the best day of the year. It is so important for us to recognise the outstanding work of colleagues, volunteers and members of the public who go above and beyond what is required of them.
“I’d like to congratulate and thank all of the inspiring award winners.”