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Police commendations: Detectives used defibrillator after stabbing in Burger King, Wood Green
Brave detectives who fought to save the life of a man who was stabbed to death in a fast food shop have been rewarded for their bravery.
PC’s Claire Bloomfield and Dave Campbell were called to Burger King, in Wood Green Shopping Centre, on October 4 at 11.15pm last year to a mass brawl which left a man fighting for his life.
They called for backup and PCs John Ive and PC Rich Luckins were next at the scene - where they found 23-year-old Pelivan Zekaj unconscious and not breathing on the floor.
The quick-thinking detectives spent 20 tireless minutes trying to restart his heart with CPR and were forced to use a defibrillator - a task usually left to paramedics.
Next to arrive were Sergeant Matt Gee, and PCs Sam Fineberg and Jamie Snell who worked to tried to calm down the 40 people who had gathered round Mr Zekaj’s body.
Working quickly to control the situation, they secured the area for evidence and separated eight suspects and further witnesses into groups.
The air ambulance arrived and immeidately began open heart surgery on the floor of the fast food restaurant - but were unable to save his life and the Monksfield, Finsbury Park resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Though Mr Zekaj had no identification on him, PC Luckins was able to identify him as he had been arrested weeks before and confirmed this via a mobile finger print device.
The squad were awarded certificates as a tribute to their work at Haringey Borough Commander’s commendation ceremony in Gladesmore Community College, Tottenham, yesterday.
Explaining how they coped with the situation, PC John Ive said: "We’ve got the experience and we know each other well enough to just get on with the job. Everybody fell into the right place."
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