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Keyline staff member saves man’s life

 

Scott Kilmer, tool hire manager at builders merchants Keyline in Bristol,  was involved in an emergency rescue operation and fight to save man’s life last month.

Whilst playing at Knowle Golf Club with his friend and fellow player, Gavin Carpenter, last month, Kilmer spotted a man just up ahead in difficulty.

Richard Pembury, 63, had suffered a major cardiac arrest causing him to collapse on the course whilst out playing with friends. Kilmer immediately called the emergency services and performed CPR on Pembury whilst Carpenter rushed back to the clubhouse to collect the portable defibrillator. The pair used the defibrillator to help resuscitate Pembury and Kilmer continued to perform CPR for 14 minutes until paramedics arrived to take Pembury to The Bristol Heart Institute by air ambulance.

Kilmer had received full first aid training from the company and is a designated branch first aider at the civils and drainage distributor. He said: “When you enrol on a first aid course you hope that you will never have to put anything you learn into practice and certainly not in such serious circumstances.

“My natural instinct was to immediately help and I did what anyone else would have done. My first aid training definitely contributed to giving me the confidence to carry out CPR and do everything I could to assist a fellow human being.”

Pembury was treated in hospital and put into an induced coma for three days. He underwent an operation to have five stents fitted to his arteries and has since made a full recovery.  Doctors and paramedics have praised Kilmer for his actions, which they say “saved Mr Pembury’s life.”

Pembury said: “I am so grateful to Scott for taking such immediate action and coming to my aid so quickly. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had somebody so close by who knew exactly what to do. If it hadn’t have been for Scott and Gavin then I wouldn’t be here today. I really do owe them my life.”

Tom Moore, who is Kilmer’s manager at Keyline in Bristol, added: “Scott has always been somebody who stays calm in a crisis so it isn’t surprising that he jumped into action in the way he did. All our depots have many designated first aiders who undertake a bi-annual course to ensure they comply with our stringent health and safety standards. We’re really proud to have Scott as part of our team and so pleased he was able to help Mr Pembury to make a full recovery.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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