Why I became a CFR – Part 4

Our last post about why he decided to become a community first responder is from Shaun Marshall from our Witham group.

“I wanted to put something back into the community, a part of goodness into today’s society.

My son, Harvey was three and diagnosed with a hole in the heart which required open heart surgery. In the theatre they discovered that that it was in fact a main artery that was going to the wrong ventricle mimicking a hole in the heart. 7 1/2 hours later he came out of surgery and was such a brave little boy, which was more than I can say about me!

This inspired me to learn a little more about first aid. So I completed a first aid at work course and loved it. I wanted to learn more and more and asked the trainer what further courses I could do. He mentioned community first responders. I had never heard of them and what fantastic things they can do to save lives.

Being able to help someone that is in need really does make you feel very special and that you have made a difference. From reassurance to emergency lifesaving help.”

Shaun Marshall
Witham community first responder group


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