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Praise for PCSO who came to the rescue of a woman having an epileptic fit in Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 09:59 04 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:05 04 June 2015

PCSO Gina Buckley with Erika Challinger

PCSO Gina Buckley with Erika Challinger

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Woman returned to say thank you after being discharged from hospital

A PCSO from Thamesmead has been praised after she came to the rescue of a woman having an epileptic fit.

On Friday, May 29, at about 9.45pm residents called on Thamesmead PCSO Gina Buckley to deal with a young woman sitting outside a block of flats in Kale Road, Erith, who they believed to be under the influence of drink or drugs.

PCSO Buckley approached the woman and managed to calm her down and establish that she was actually having an epileptic fit.

The officer was able to administer first aid and comfort 20-year-old Erika Challinger while they waited for an ambulance.

PCSO Buckley said: “Local residents had called an ambulance but were worried about Erika. As I approached her she was crouched over and lashing out. Although Erika came across as under the influence it is important not to assume that. People having an epileptic or diabetic episode can sometimes come across as drunk or on drugs. If they are left it could seriously affect their wellbeing.”

Erika, of Kale Road, Erith, said: “I’m so grateful for what she did for me that night. I only remember waking up in hospital wondering what I was doing there. Luckily I had my ICE card on me explaining my condition.”

PCSO Buckley’s Sergeant, Luke Thomas, of Thamesmead East Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “I’m proud of PCSO Buckley. There is so much to this job; it’s so much more than just fighting crime.”

Erika was taken to hospital and discharged the next morning. She returned to Thamesmead police base to thank PCSO Buckley for helping her.

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