What a day yesterday was. I was at my life drawing class and we were happily sketching the model who'd arrived from the agency when she just collapsed on to the floor in front of us. Being a first aider I went to her assistance. I couldn't find a pulse so I cleared her airways and began mouth to mouth and chest compressions. I was worn out after five minutes and had to stop whereupon she came around, sat up and continued in the standing pose she taken previously. She wouldn't have it when we said we'd get an ambulance. When the class leader returned from the toilet and I told him what had happened he wasn't surprised. He said she'd done this on some previous occasions and it was just a bluff. How selfish some people are. They'll go to any extent to get self-gratification. I was disgusted and felt as if I've been used again and just went home. Not to mention the criminal waste of resources if we'd called an ambulance.
About the Artist
I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…View full profile