A BRENTFORD mum-of-two who used her first aid skills to save a man's life has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.
Off-duty health and safety officer Joanna Michaelides, 33, was driving home with her three-month-old baby in September 2009 when she saw some people gathered round a man lying on the pavement.
As no one seemed to be taking any action, Joanna decided to pull over and realised the man - Keith Aston - had suffered a heart attack.
She checked that the emergency services had been called, ensured someone was caring for her son, Harry, and began CPR until an ambulance arrived.
Thanks to Joanna's actions, Keith survived and the pair now work together campaigning for greater public awareness of first aid, including running an emergency life saving camp which introduced around 140 members of the public to life saving techniques.
As a result of Joanna's actions, she has now been shortlisted for the prestigious Guy Evans Award at the inaugural St John Ambulance First Aid Awards.
She said: "I am very honoured and humbled to have been shortlisted for the St John Ambulance Guy Evans Award.
"Keith nominated me and it was a lovely surprise. It just strengthens my resolve to continue working with Keith to encourage as many people as possible to learn emergency life saving skills.
"It takes minutes to learn CPR and could grant someone years - there is nothing greater you can give."
The awards were launched in July to celebrate individuals, businesses and communities that are leading the way in first aid.
Keith added: "When I heard about the awards I instantly decided to nominate Joanna as she is thoroughly deserving of such recognition.
"I owe my life to her because she cared, stopped and applied her St John Ambulane training when she had several good reasons to drive on by."
Joanna will find out if she has been successful at a glittering awards event in London on Wednesday November 30.