Bus driver a hero for saving two lives

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

ON an or­di­nary day last Au­gust, As­cot res­i­dent Mur­ray Dil­lon started his day nor­mally as a CAT bus driver but ended it as a lo­cal hero.

While fin­ish­ing up his lunch break, Mr Dil­lon no­ticed a woman slumped over in her car on Welling­ton Street and went to in­ves­ti­gate.

“The car had rolled back and I could see some­thing had hap­pened to her,” he said.

“I asked if any­one around was a doc­tor or nurse but there was no one, so I got in the car next to her and started mouth-to-mouth.”

While a by­stander rang emer­gency ser­vices, Mr Dil­lon con­tin­ued to give the woman CPR to keep her alive.

An am­bu­lance ar­rived about 20 min­utes later and it was dis­cov­ered the woman had suf­fered a heart at­tack.

But thanks to Mr Dil­lon, the woman, a nurse in her 40s, sur­vived the in­ci­dent.

“I was in con­tact with her since it hap­pened, and it turned out she was preg­nant,” Mr Dil­lon said.

“So I didn’t get to save one life, I got to save two.”

Mr Dil­lon’s heroic act was recog­nised last week in the 2015 Royal Life Saving Western Power Brav­ery Awards.

He at­tended the cer­e­mony at the Gov­ern­ment House Ball- room with his wife, two daugh­ters, son-in-law and grand­son.

“It’s been a jour­ney, I felt so proud and hum­ble to have won the award,” Mr Dil­lon said.

“I’m just so happy the woman is fine.

“She’s as good as gold and her preg­nancy was all go­ing well,” he said.

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Hero: CAT bus driver Mur­ray Dil­lon.

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