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Unsung Hero Nominated For First Aid Champion

Warrnambool local Dianne Swinton has been nominated for St John Ambulance Victoria's inaugural First Aid Champion Awards.

The Awards honour Victoria's unsung heroes who have made a lasting impact on someone's life by using their First Aid training.

Dianne demonstrated excellent First Aid knowledge when she helped her husband as he suffered a heart attack after returning from a daily bike ride in 2017.

Upon returning home, Dianne noticed her husband looked a deathly colour and suggested to call an ambulance twice within seven minutes. Despite her husband saying no, she decided to call and that was when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. The operator explained how to provide CPR, which she did for 2.5 minutes until the ambulance arrived. The paramedics worked on him for 30 minutes at their home where they needed to provide three shocks. He was then taken to the hospital where he suffered another sudden cardiac arrest and required three more defibrillator shocks.

Her husband has since recovered and can continue to go on bike rides.

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St John Ambulance Victoria Chief Executive Gordon Botwright has said that this upcoming Awards will emphasise how important it is for people to actively educate themselves with First Aid skills.

“First Aid training is always such an important skill to have, no matter what age you are, and we hope to acknowledge all age groups, workplaces, schools, community groups and of course our volunteers, without whom our work wouldn’t be possible,” Mr Botwright said.

Winners of the First Aid Champion Awards will be announced at an exclusive ceremony ahead of World First Aid day on 7 September.

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