Praise for bid to save woman who fell off ladder in Bodmin
POLICE have praised the actions of two youngsters who attempted to save the life of a woman who died falling off a ladder in Bodmin.
Cousins Charley Matthews, 14, and Joseph Clarke, 12, tried to resuscitate Indira Paget using CPR after finding her unresponsive on the ground.
The 66-year-old mother of three, known as Sue, was trimming leaves with secateurs in the driveway of her home in St Mary's Road when the accident happened on August 7.
Charley was in the neighbouring front garden babysitting her two young cousins when one of them saw Mrs Paget fall. Charley then discovered her motionless on the ground and called for the aid of oldest cousin Joseph, who was inside.
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Charley ran to a neighbouring house to seek help, while Joseph rang his firefighter father who was at work. After calling 999, Joseph and Charley followed the paramedic's instructions to try and save Mrs Paget's life.
While Charley held Mrs Paget's head in position in case of neck or back injuries, Joseph performed CPR.
But due to the severity of Mrs Paget's head injuries from the fall there was nothing more either could do.
Charley described the whole experience as "the scariest moment ever".
"It felt like the ambulance took forever to come – the whole world just stopped," she said.
"I wanted to cry, scream and shout but I knew I had to be strong, stay calm and help Joseph to try to save the lady."
Joseph admitted that he never thought a person of his age would have to perform real-life CPR.
"It was weird performing CPR on someone I have known for years as a neighbour," he said.
"I'm doing quite well, but Sue used to look after us sometimes so I do miss her, especially knowing she is no longer there."
Inspector Robin Hogg described Charley and Joseph's actions as "brave" and "commendable" and said set an example to others.
"The courage and initiative they showed by attempting to resuscitate the woman is not something that would come naturally to a lot of adults, let alone these youngsters," he said.
"It shows that there are younger members of society in Bodmin who can do positive things for the community."
Both Charley and Joseph have been trying to cope with the experience since, but said it had been a struggle.
"Charley keeps wondering what more they could have done to save Sue, but they did everything they could," Charley's mother, Amy said.
"I just can't imagine what it would have been like for children of that age to handle that situation."
Mr Hogg said that Charley and Joseph had been put forward for a special recognition award to acknowledge their courage and maturity.