Award for life-saving front of house manager at Bury St Edmunds' Wagamama
A Bury St Edmunds restaurant manager who saved a customer’s life has been recognised with a Royal Humane Society award.
Daniel Challenor, 36, who works front of house at Wagamama in the arc shopping centre, was in his first day at the restaurant when he administered CPR and used a defibrillator to try to revive Trevor Boughton after he suffered a cardiac arrest last July.
Mr Boughton, 68, was flown by the East Anglian Air Ambulance to hospital and went on to make a full recovery.
In recognition of his life-saving actions, Mr Challenor has received a resuscitation certificate from the society.
He said: “I just did what anyone who knew how to do CPR would do in that situation and I’m just so glad for Trevor and his family that it worked.”
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Critical care paramedic Gary Spitzer was part of the helicopter emergency medical service team that assisted on the day and presented Mr Challenor with the award.
He said: “Without a doubt, if it wasn’t for Daniel’s quick thinking and perseverance – as it’s not easy to do CPR for that amount of time – we wouldn’t have been able to help.
“Daniel and Trevor are proof of how important bystander CPR is in a situation like this.”