Q&A: Q&A: Hero paramedic James Lafferty

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 June 2018

James Lafferty

Paramedic James Lafferty, 29, was recently honoured for saving the life of Britain’s youngest gunshot victim. He speaks about his aspiration for everyone to learn CPR.

What’s your connection with the borough?

My family were all born, raised and lived in the borough before my mum and dad moved to Essex where I was born. I moved back to the borough in 2014. I love living near to central London and around where my family are from.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The community spirit is second to none. All of my neighbours help each other out.

There is also a lot of green space which is nice for walking and cycling around.

What one thing would you change?

I would make it more difficult for people to fly-tip. We live in a lovely borough which is too often spoilt by fly-tipping. It upsets me how much work the council have to do clearing up other people’s mess.

Use three words to describe the area.

Diverse, green and friendly.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Can I have two? Thusha Kamaleswaran and Freya Lewis, who I got to meet at the NHS Heroes Awards.

Both of those two young girls have overcome horrific injuries and are an inspiration to all young people and people who have been caught up in similar incidents.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

I would make learning CPR part of the national curriculum.

Early CPR in cardiac arrest is vital and increases survival rates. By teaching CPR in schools we can have a generation of people who are trained to save lives.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

The positive things that members of the community do.

There are so many ‘bad news’ stories in the mainstream media it is nice to see what the people who live around us do for the borough and the community.

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