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Weymouth First Aider Helps St John Celebrate 125 Years

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12:10pm 25th June 2012

A Weymouth pensioner who's been a member of St John Ambulance for 67 years is taking part in a new nationwide online project.

Rex Purchase is one of 125 people chosen to share their volunteering stories to mark St John's 125th Birthday.

Rex's first aid skills have been used many times, including in two choking incidents with children, a serious road traffic collision and in performing Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on a man who suffered a cardiac arrest. Although he died the next day in hospital, it allowed the patient's family a few precious final hours to say goodbye.

You can read a first hand account from Rex and other volunteers here www.sja.org.uk/125voices

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