Off-duty police officer rescues choking toddler in Merseyside

PC Scott Wolstenholme, Greater Manchester Police Photo: Greater Manchester Police

An off-duty police officer jumped to the rescue of a two-year-old girl who was choking on her tongue at the side of a road in Merseyside.

PC Scott Wolstenholme, a roads police officer based at Leigh, was driving along the A49 near Newton-le-Willows last month when he spotted a woman on the side of the road, holding a little girl who looked “blue and floppy”.

Gemma Lake, 26, had pulled her car over after noticing her two-year-old niece having a seizure and choking on her tongue in the car. She had her hazard lights on and her niece over her knee, desperately trying to help her.

PC Wolstenholme, who was in the car with his family, pulled over and took charge of the situation. He administered first aid and managed to get the little girl breathing again. He kept hold of her until the ambulance arrived and helped explain to the paramedics what had happened.

“He jumped out of the car, grabbed her off me and starting tapping her on the back. She was still blue so he started slapping her on the back and finally she gasped and could breath again. We were so relieved when the colour came back into her face.

“His prompt action will never be forgotten and he will always be seen as our hero. He is one of a kind and a real credit to the police force. I can’t thank him enough.”

– Gemma Lake

PC Wolstenholme, who has two young children himself, said: “The child was completely unresponsive – I could not see her breathing. “It is just something you do. It is in your nature. All day every day you are helping people at work. I am so pleased at the result.”