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Jersey bus driver wins award for CPR efforts

Paul Melia has won the Local Life Saver award for his CPR efforts. Credit: Maple Rock Studios

A Jersey bus driver has won an award for stepping in to give CPR and attempting to save a man's life.

Paul Melia was given the Local Life Saver award on Saturday at the British Heart Foundation's annual Heart Awards.

It recognised his efforts last September when he was driving his bus in St Peter and saw the aftermath of an accident where a 70 year old driver had a heart attack.

He immediately went to assist the man and continued administering CPR while the emergency services waited for back up crew. This also helped the initial crew in difficult conditions and they praised for his assistance. Unfortunately, despite Paul's best efforts, the driver died.

Nationally, if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital, you have a less than 10% chance of survival, a statistic the BHF want to change here in Jersey by training more people in life saving methods.