Out of the blue a person needs to find the strength they didn’t know they had to do something absolutely amazing. James Salmons is such a person who saved his family from being devastated.
In 2017, while enjoying an evening with his wife, Charlotte and children, Grace and Alfie. James was called upon to remove all his fears and do something he would never thought possible and save Charlotte as she collapsed and was unresponsive.
Charlotte at just 31 years of age had suffered a cardiac arrest. Her heart had just stopped working.
Within seconds, James had begun the process of CPR for which he had received training from his workplace 18 months previous, while calling 999 and alerting the emergency services into a swift response.
While the Ambulance service and East Anglia Air Ambulance were en-route, James remained calm and collected and continued to assist his unresponsive wife with CPR.
Within 25 minutes, Charlotte was in an Ambulance and then Air-Ambulance and the paramedics said that Charlotte only survived through James quick actions and knowledge of CPR and recognising the signs of what Charlotte was going through.
Both James and Charlotte are now advocates for getting more defibrillators hosted around Ely and the Cathedral themselves are now proud to announce they have bought a defibrillator and taken on training to use the device.
Charlotte is also
It is Spotted in Elys great pleasure that James Salmons becomes our first Community Star and was awarded such in Ely Cathedral at their Evensong, in which the Dean of Ely, Very Reverend Mark Booney took.
There will be more information coming in the following few days about Spotted in Ely Community Stars but it will be an all year round celebration of local people who do amazing things.