Lifesaver ‘just doing her job’

Tracy Gardiner who talked 65-year-old Pat Dickenson through CPR and saved her husband after he suffered a heart attack.

Tracy Gardiner who talked 65-year-old Pat Dickenson through CPR and saved her husband after he suffered a heart attack.

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AN OPERATOR who talked a pensioner through a procedure to resuscitate her husband claims she was only doing her job.

Modest Tracy Gardiner, 23, of Gordale Close, Marton, was captured on Channel 4’s 999 What’s Your Emergency programme talking Pat Dickenson, 65, through CPR after her husband collapsed.

By using her training and following instructions on her screen, the pair saved Terry Dickenson’s life.

Miss Gardiner, who has worked for North West Ambulance Service for three years, says she was overwhelmed by the reaction to the show on Facebook and Twitter.

She said: “Pat didn’t question anything she just got on and did it and she is the one who saved her husband’s life.

“She was brilliant because we get some CPR calls where, understandably, they are distressed and the hardest part is calming them down because they are potentially about to lose a loved one.

“But when you receive responses back like I’ve done since the show, you realise how lucky you are to do the job I do.”

Operators working in the emergency department receive eight weeks of training before taking calls to save lives.

Miss Gardiner added: “It’s strange because I was only doing my job which I do every day.

“That’s what I signed up to do and what I expected from this job.”

Miss Gardiner’s mum, Julie, 50, added: “I’m extremely proud.

“All the staff do this on a daily basis and it’s the lady concerned who is the heroine.”

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