Kirkby woman praised for life-saving actions at Nottingham train station

Nottingham Train Station.
Nottingham Train Station.

A Kirkby woman's "heroic" actions have been praised after she helped save a woman's life at Nottingham train station.

Gemma Reed-Kerr, of David Street, was working at the station with colleague Owen Lee-Johnson when a woman collapsed on platform three.

The 76-year-old Yaxley woman collapsed and stopped breathing, and the duo were the first staff to reach her.

While Kirkby woman Gemma immediately began administering CPR, Mr Lee-Johnson set a defibrillator and began administering shocks.

They continued with the CPR until paramedics arrived to take over and the woman was taken to hospital.

Now the pair are to receive Royal Humane Society resuscitation certificates and have won the personal praise of Andrew Chapman, secretary of the Royal Humane Society.

Speaking following the news, Gemma said: "It was a shock to be told I had got this award to be honest.

"I did what I did because I knew what I was going, and if I had not the woman would have died.

"I met the lady about three weeks after the incident happened and it was emotional, and I would do what I did again without a doubt."

Andrew said: "This is yet another incident which hammers home the need for as many people as possible to learn CPR techniques. If a life is to be saved during an incident of this nature it is essential that CPR is administered as rapidly as possible.

"I’m sure that every one who learns the procedure probably hopes they’ll never be called on to use it. But as this incident shows, it can, as it did here, make the difference between life and death.”

No date has yet been fixed for presentation of the awards but it is expected to take place in the near future.