Councillor achieves the im-paws-able

Friday 30 August 2019 Councillor achieves the im-paws-able


District Cllr Jim Blagden went above and beyond the call of duty when he saved the life of a Yorkshire Terrier.

Cllr Blagden, Member for Hucknall Central, was out boating on the River Trent when his son’s dog, Rosie misjudged a leap from the boat to the bank and ended up in the water. After several minutes Rosie was pulled from the water limp and unresponsive.

Luckily for Rosie Cllr Blagden is a long-time member of the St Johns Ambulance, and following attempts to revive the terrier he decided to try CPR. Administering a rescue breath to Rosie, he continued with chest compressions until she came back to life.

Cllr Blagden said “It was a shock to us all when Rosie fell into the water, we tried to get her out as quickly as possible but she was lifeless when we pulled her out. Despite our best efforts to bring her round nothing was working and it was then I decided to put my CPR skills to use.”

Having carried out CPR on humans in the past, this was the first time Jim had carried it out on an animal.

Cllr Blagden continued. “I knew CPR was a last resort, but I used my knowledge and experience and thankfully Rosie came round in minutes. We’ll need to get her a life jacket for future trips!”

Rosie made a full recovery and is now at home resting after her ordeal.