“As I Got Closer, He Told Me His Wee Girl was Dead, So I Realised She was in His Arms”

In May 2012 in Scotland, Police Constables Steven Lamb, age 33, and Gareth Henderson, age 35, saved the life of three-year-old Ellie Salmond. Her father, Henry, carried her into the street looking for help, and PC Lamb gave Ellie CPR. PC Lamb said, “We were on patrol, and I just remember Mr. Salmond running towards me. He was shouting, but I couldn’t make out what he was saying or what he was carrying. As I got closer, he told me his wee girl was dead, so I realised she was in his arms. I still get a kind of wee shake when I think about it. She looked blue; she wasn’t breathing and didn’t seem to have any vital signs. I took her from her dad, put her on the ground and gave her CPR. She was so small I only needed one hand for the CPR and that’s how I knew she was coming back—she squeezed my fingers. It was an indescribable feeling. It was part relief and part sheer joy.” The two Police Constables returned two days later to make sure that Ellie was all right. Henry Salmond said, “I told them my wee princess was fine. Then Ellie and Henry Junior got excited 
because the policemen let them hear the siren and see the flashing lights on their car.” The night before Ellie almost died, she had a high temperature, but her father did not think it was serious. However, the next morning, Ellie appeared to be lifeless. Henry Salmond said, “She was still hot. Her eyes started to roll, and she was slavering at the mouth. I ran out of the house to shout for help. I thought she was going to die in my arms. I thought I’d lost her.” His wife, Leanne, age 22, knocked on neighbours’ doors, and Henry ran with Ellie to a nearby store. He said, “Then I saw the police and PC Lamb just grabbed her off me.” Ellis was rushed to a hospital, where she lay unconscious. Henry said, “Nothing would wake her up until wee Henry leaned close to his sister and said, ‘Ellie, Ellie, come on, wake up.’” He added, “The officers should get a medal for what they did. PC Lamb is a hero and deserves recognition. He saved Ellie’s life and should get something for that. The police do things like this, but you never hear anything. I want people to realise they do good things and save people.” PC Lamb said, “Nine times out of 10, we might not have got the same result. We were just in the right place at the right time.”

For More Information: “Girl thanks hero cops who saved her life after she stopped breathing.” Daily Record (UK). 24 August 2012 <http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/ellie-salmond-thanks-hero-cops-1276387>.

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