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Officers nominated for award for saving man's life

Defibrillator generic picture Image copyright SPL
Image caption Defibrillation delivers an electric shock to restore a patient's heart to a normal rhythm

Two police officers and two off-duty Firefighters have been nominated for a meritorious award for saving the life of a driver in a crash in Edinburgh.

A 70-year-old man was driving his Volvo on Friday when he suffered a heart attack, causing his car to leave Queensferry Road and hit a lamppost.

The firefighters gave the man CPR at the scene of the crash on Friday.

Two constables also stopped to help by using a defibrillator until an ambulance arrived.

The man is recovering in hospital.

Two female passengers who were also in the car suffered minor injuries.

Ch Supt Elaine Ferguson, of Police Scotland, said: "The officers heard their colleagues reporting concerns for the man's health and quickly arrived at the scene to assist.

"Thanks to their swift response and the vital actions of the off duty firefighters, the treatment they administered saved the driver's life.

"I am delighted that these officers have now been nominated for an award as recognition for their professionalism in assisting a member of public in their time of need."

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