Scottish family praised for using first aid skills to help sick man

A family from Crieff in Perth and Kinross have been praised by Tayside Police for their fast actions and first aid knowledge after they helped a sick man in the street.

The Goodwin family consisting of Paula, David and their teenage daughter Bryony were awarded a meritorious conduct certificate, a prize handed out by the police for ‘outstanding acts by public-spirited citizens’.

Bryony Goodwin, 16, was walking to her South Bridgend house when she spotted the man, who had been taken seriously ill. She immediately rang her parents, who rushed to the scene from their nearby home.

The pair carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man whilst they waited for the ambulance to arrive. David Goodwin – who is responsible for first aid training at the company he works for, took charge of the situation – aided by his partner Paula, who he also trained in basic first aid.

Although the man sadly passed away in hospital, the police have commended the Goodwins for their actions and have said that they gave him the best possible chance for survival. Had it been another circumstance, the family’s first aid skills may have saved a life.