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15-year-old tried in vain to save life of dying St Austell man at Redruth train station

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

By Miles Davis

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A TEENAGER tried in vain to save the life of a dying man in a railway station waiting room. Harry Poole, 15, suddenly found himself called upon to help after the man collapsed at Redruth railway station. Paramedics arrived but the 45-year-old man from St Austell, who has not yet been named, later died. Harry, from Redruth and a pupil at Richard Lander School in Truro, was waiting for his father to pick him up when the man fell on the floor unconscious. Harry called an ambulance and was asked by a paramedic to help resuscitate the man. He said: "The paramedic was there before the ambulance came and he was working with the defibrillator. I had to press on his chest and try to keep it all going. It was the first time I'd ever done anything like that. It was scary at first but I just wanted to help." The man collapsed in the waiting room shortly after 6pm on February 21.

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