A PCSO who played a key role in getting seven life-saving defibrillators installed in the Lostwithiel and Fowey area has been recognised for her good work.
PCSO Natalie Merrikin, who is based at Lostwithiel but currently on maternity leave with her four-month-old son, received a special recognition award for her work from the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity at a presentation in Penzance this week.
Natalie said: “It started when a man collapsed in St Blazey. Comms said that I should find the nearest defib, but there wasn’t one in the area and he died. I don’t know whether it would have saved his life but at least I could have tried. I made it my mission to get AEDs installed in my area. I did some research on the internet and came across the Ronnie Richards charity which supplies this equipment.
“They gave me lots of support and I managed to get funding from a variety of sources including Lostwithiel Rotary Club, the Lostwithiel Mayor’s charity and parish councils.”
There are now three AEDs in Lostwithiel, one at Fowey Community College and also in the villages of Luxulyan and Lanivery. Natalie even did some of her own fundraising to pay for one of the AEDs.
Natalie is pictured with her certificate and Inspector Ed Gard from St Austell Police.
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News