NSW‘s new Treasurer has been commended for taking quick action to help a man who collapsed in the street.
The drama happened just hours after Matt Kean was sworn in on Tuesday.
“I don’t want to make a thing of it, but there was a gentleman that was in a bit of trouble and there was a lovely lady, and she was trying to help him, and she was doing CPR, and I was just on the scene at the time,” Mr Kean told 2GB radio.
Seven News Sydney news director Jason Morrison saw the commotion unfold from the channel’s Martin Place offices.
“We looked over and saw a man and collapsed, and people were around him,” he said.
Mr Morrison said the channel’s assistant chief of staff Glenn Miller, who is a trained paramedic, realised something was seriously wrong and fetched a defibrillator before running down to help.
“He puts the defibrillator on the bloke, then comes to the conclusion that he needs to do CPR, and starts doing it,” he said.
“Kean helped hold the guy into position and check his vitals, and between the two of them they kept him going for a time until the ambulance came.”
Police confirmed the incident happened and that the Treasurer was involved.
A police spokeswoman said the samaritans were relieved by paramedics from NSW Ambulance and police officers who arrived at the scene and helped the man get to hospital.
He was taken to St Vincent‘s where he remained in a stable condition on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr Kean said he had received training in CPR by St John Ambulance through his volunteer work with the NSW Rural Fire Service.
He was commended by the Premier at a press conference on Wednesday.
“What else would you expect from Matt Kean? He’s a great bloke, and now he’s a lifesaver as well,” Mr Perrottet said.
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