THEIR eyes met over a collapsed man they were caring for in a shopping centre in Redditch, and now two Community First Responders are to be married.
Kelly O’Brien was manager of a jewellers at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre where Dave Tew was a security officer and a Community First Responder (CFR). A man had collapsed outside the shop.
Mr Tew, who is also the co-ordinator of the Redditch CFR scheme, came to the man’s aid and Miss O'Brien came out to help.
Later, impressed by Mr Tew's first-aid skills, she asked him about his training and then decided to become a CFR herself.
Four years later, on April 22 this year - which is Miss O'Brien's birthday - Mr Tew proposed and she accepted. They are due to marry next year.
He 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 CFRs or to become one, 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