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Commendation for officer who saved man's life

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 18, 2012

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A Royal Navy Petty Officer has been praised for saving the life of a visitor to a Westcountry base.

PO Paul 'Ticker' Tock was on duty looking after the Royal Yacht Squadron during their stay at the HMS Raleigh, the navy's training base at Torpoint in Cornwall.

He was first on the scene when one of the yacht club members, Keith Topley, started to choke and needed emergency medical attention.

PO Tock immediately took charge of the situation and his life-saving skills helped prevent what could have been a much more serious outcome for the man.

His actions have earned him the award of a commendation from Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone, Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST).

Mr Topley also gave a vote of thanks: "I was told by an experienced GP, who was present shortly afterwards, that, but for PO Tock's speedy action, the consequences might have been much more serious."

PO Tock, 43, said: "In the Royal Navy you are told what a great job you've done regularly, but receiving a commendation from FOST kind of makes it all worthwhile, giving me something to look at and read in years to come, and hopefully one day to show the grandchildren."

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