A QUICK-thinking have-a-go-hero has been praised after his courageous actions saved the life of a police officer.
Karl Kuschnirow, from Thornton, was driving along the Promenade when he spotted the policeman slumped on the pavement, close to the Gynn pub in North Shore.
He called the emergency services while another passer-by performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Lancashire Police have confirmed the incident and praised the two men for saving the officer’s life.
Mr Kuschnirow was driving home from a friend’s hotel at around 10pm when he saw the officer, and said: “Cars kept driving past but as I got closer I realised it was a male police officer who had collapsed.
“There was nothing in his eyes and I knew something bad was wrong.”
Mr Kuschnirow rushed to the man’s aid and phoned the emergency services, who stayed on the line while he worked to bring the officer round.
The policeman was not breathing, and a former paramedic also went to his aid on the pavement and was able to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which helped save the man’s life.
Mr Kuschnirow said: “While we tried to resuscitate the officer, a plain-clothed policewoman saw us and came over to see what was happening.
“She radioed over to Blackpool Police Station for police assistance, and then the paramedics arrived and took over.”
After being given more treatment at the scene, the officer was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with a police escort.
The incident occurred on March 23, and Mr Kuschnirow said it was the following day when he realised how vital his actions had been.
He said: “A police officer rang and told me I had saved the officer’s life and that he was making good progress. I was so happy he had come around, I was crying when they rang up and told me.
“They said the police officers at the station all wanted to shake my hand.”