Security worker praised after life-saving action

Security worker praised after life-saving action
Mercury Security's Paul Telfer is congratulated by Melissa Daly of LifeStyle Sports for his quick thinking when he responded to a customer who was suffering a seizure in The Capitol.

A security officer has been praised for his potentially life-saving action after a woman collapsed in LifeStyle Sports in The Capitol on Grand Parade.

Paul Telfer of Mercury Security Management was on his patrol when he spotted a woman collapsing from an apparent seizure in the busy store.

He sprang into action and placed the woman into the recovery position. Realising the woman was turning blue, he acted quickly to prevent her from swallowing her tongue.

Paul remained with the woman until medical assistance arrived and she was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

“Paul’s reaction to this event was as quick as any first responder I have ever seen,” said store manager Saoirse O’Shea.

“He immediately grabbed the lady and eased her into the recovery position. He reacted quickly and opened her mouth and found she was swallowing her tongue whilst having the seizure and pulled her tongue out.

“We couldn’t thank Paul enough for what he did that day, he was nothing short of a hero. Only for Paul’s quick reactions, this would have been a much more serious incident,” she added.

Mercury Security Director Liam Cullen also praised Paul for his actions.

“It’s one thing knowing how to do your job but the ability to keep your head, remain calm and carry out your duties in a reliable and effective manner is crucial in this business.

“These skills could not be demonstrated any better than Paul’s actions on this occasion and we are extremely proud to have him on our team,” he added.

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