CPR action earns Hay St saviour St John Ambulance Community Hero Award


Abigail Adamson receives her award from WA Governor Kerry Sanderson.
Abigail Adamson receives her award from WA Governor Kerry Sanderson.

THE three to five minutes she spent saving Bill Tucker’s life felt like “forever” according to Abigail Adamson.

On Saturday, July 30 last year , Ms Adamson was at work on Hay Street when a woman came running in looking for someone with first aid training.

Mr Tucker, a father of two, had suffered a heart attack and was clinically dead.

“I went out thinking a lady had fallen and bumped her head or something,” Ms Adamson said.

“I found Bill lying on the ground, he had no pulse and he had turned grey.”

Ms Adamson jumped straight into action, her first aid training course fresh in her mind.

“I didn’t think about it, I just knew I needed to get in there,” she said.

“I had only just recently done the course a few weeks earlier.

“I performed CPR; it felt like forever but it was probably only about three to five minutes before the ambulance came.”

Mr Tucker made a full recovery.

Ms Adamson said she has caught up with Mr Tucker a few times since she saved his life.

“He pops in to work to see me sometimes,” she said.

“We discovered we live two streets away from each other.”

Ms Adamson received a St John Ambulance Community Hero Award for resuscitating Mr Tucker.