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Off duty GMP officer saves choking child

March 8, 2013, 7:09 am

An off duty Greater Manchester 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 on 23 February 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

Praising his actions, Gemma said: “He jumped out of the car, grabbed her off me and starting tapping her on the back. She was still blue so he started slapping her on the back and finally she gasped and could breath again. We were so relieved when the colour came back into her face.

“His prompt action will never be forgotten and he will always be seen as our hero. He is one of a kind and a real credit to the police force. I cant thank him enough.”

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.”

Chief Inspector Mark Dexter, said: “We are immensely proud of Scotts quick thinking and coolness in an incredibly stressful situation.

“This was undoubtedly terrifying for Gemma and Scott used all his skill and training to take control and administer vital first aid. He arguably saved this little girls life and is an absolute credit to GMP and the Roads Policing Unit.”

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