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.
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.”