A security officer from the Dolphin shopping centre in Poole who saved the life of a male shopper has been honoured for his bravery.

Three years ago, Mike Tague, 46, jumped into action to rescue a gentleman who suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the centre.

He has been presented with an employee of the year award for his commitment and bravery in the line of duty at the first-ever CleanEvent annual conference held at the Walton Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Mike witnessed the gentleman collapse on the CCTV and when he rushed to his aid his heart had already stopped. Prior to the arrival of the paramedics, Mike battled for nine minutes to save his life using the defibrillator.

Looking back on his heroic rescue Mike said: “When I arrived at the incident all my first aid training came to the front of my mind. I checked the man for vital signs and found he wasn’t breathing, it was then the adrenaline kicked in and I called for the defibrillator to shock him.”

Mike also promptly administered chest compressions before using his radio to call for the emergency services.

He added: “I am truly honoured to have won this award; it is great to be recognised for your hard work.”

Dolphin centre manager, John Grinnell, said: “With his personal and professional attributes, Mike assisted this person without reservation – and saved a life. The entire centre’s security staff are trained in first aid, but to be involved in saving someone’s life is a very rare occurrence. It highlights the importance of having basic medical knowledge. An incident such as this makes all the training worthwhile.”