Young lifesavers recognised: Find out how Oliver and Marshall saved a young boy

16 October 2020

“CPR is the best skill I have ever learnt!”

Oliver Gobey

This Restart a Heart Day, we wanted to recognise Oliver and Marshall for their commitment to saving lives.

Oliver Gobey (age 17) and Marshall Cooper-Pearson (age 18) worked in a local swimming pool as lifeguards. Earlier this year, Oliver and Marshall had to jump into action when a three-year-old boy, who was at the swimming pool, became unconscious and stopped breathing.

Oliver and Marshall remained calm and put all of the training they had learnt into action. They immediately raised the alarm, retrieved the defibrillator and took over Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that the patient’s mum had started. Shortly after, a land ambulance and our critical care team arrived to help. Thanks to the swift action of everyone involved the patient is safe and well today. 

We wanted to recognise both Oliver and Marshall for their commitment to saving lives on Restart a Heart day. Oliver serves with St John Ambulance and is currently working with a private medical company as a first responder, with the ambition to become a paramedic in the future. Marshall works with the Hertfordshire medical services in a first aid capacity and is now a duty manager at a leisure centre. In the future he would like to train others on how to become a lifeguard or work in the fire service. 

These young life-savers are great ambassadors for the emergency medical service and a real inspiration for us! It just goes to show that you never know when you might need to administer CPR to help save a life.

“If you get a chance to learn CPR - DO IT!”

Marshall Cooper-Pearson

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