Mark Jennings’ day was unlike any other normal day working on site for Telstra at Milbrae in Leeton repairing a fault.
Office manager Judy Johnston was making preparations to finalize business for the day.
She went outside to let Mr Jennings know that they were going to lock up for the day.
“I turned around and said to her that I’d fixed it and that’s when I fell on the ground,” Mr Jennings said.
“We were talking quite naturally and then he just fell to the ground,” Mrs Johnston said.
After calling out to Mr Jennings without a response, Mrs Johnston snapped to action and called for help.
Mr Butler and Mr Valdivia heard the cry for help and came running.
“We’d listened to him breathing,” Mr Butler said.
“All of a sudden he just stopped breathing.
“He turned blue around his lips, we checked his pulse and he had no pulse.”
Mr Butler and Mr Valdivia started CPR while Mrs Johnston called triple-0.
Within a few minutes the pair were able to revive Mr Jennings and he regained consciousness before the ambulance arrived.
“I came to with her and two blokes over the top of me,” Mr Jennings said, not fully aware at the time what had occurred.
”It was a really good team effort,” Mr Butler said.
“While I was doing CPR I looked over my shoulder and Judy already had rung triple-0.”
The duo had only recently completed a refresher course on CPR through work.
Everyone was glad they were on hand, trained and ready to act.
Having taken the training courses multiple times, the duo remembered discussing using the training with the instructor.
“I said here we go again, when am I going to use this,” Mr Valdivia said.
Their instructor mentioned that in all the years he’d been teaching the courses, he’d never actually had to put it to use.
“With the team we had in place, with Judy and Al, everything just fell into place,” said Mr Butler.
In addition to first aid and CPR training, everyone recommended loading the Emergency + smartphone app on their smartphones.
The application is designed to provide the information you need to get help to a location quickly.
It can dial triple-0 directly from the app and provides your location to be able to give to emergency personnel in both a street address or GPS coordinates.
Fortunately for Mr Jennings, the right people were on hand to offer first aid immediately and saved his life and show how important it is to be trained to perform CPR.