Monday 9th June 2014 – 2.30pm – Chris Kowalik.
Their eyes met over a collapsed man they were caring for in a shopping centre in Worcestershire.
Kelly O’Brien was manager of a jewellers at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch where Dave Tew was a security officer and a Community First Responder. A man had collapsed outside the shop.
Dave, who is also the co-ordinator of the Redditch CFR scheme, came to the man’s aid. Kelly came out to help. Later, impressed by Dave’s first-aid skills, Kelly asked him about his training. She then decided to become a CFR herself.
Four years later, on April 22nd (Kelly’s birthday) this year, Dave proposed and Kelly accepted. They are due to marry next year.
Dave said: “We will both carry on as Community First Responders. Kelly now helps me run the scheme. Next year we will be a husband-and-wife team in charge of the team!”
For more information about the work of Community First Responders or to become one yourself, contact West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager Noel Orbell on 07980 094808, or the CFR Admin office on 01384 215855 or CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk