Lifesaving heroes win top award

PC Garry Lee, Derek Smith and Tracey Garde at the North West Ambulance Awards ceremony at Barton Grange.

PC Garry Lee, Derek Smith and Tracey Garde at the North West Ambulance Awards ceremony at Barton Grange.

0
Have your say

Three heroes who helped save a Blackpool FC fan’s life after he suffered a heart attack have been honoured for their quick-thinking actions.

Seventy-nine- year-old Derek Smith, from Bispham, had just finished watching the Seasiders play Bolton in May when he started to feel unwell.

Minutes after the match finished, Mr Smith suffered a heart attack in a car park outside Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.

Thanks to the quick-thinking actions of PC Garry Lee, off-duty nurse Tracey Garde and Bolton Arena manager Lesley Hough, Derek’s life was saved.

PC Lee gave CPR, helped by Tracey, while Lesley gave the defibrillator shocks .

The heroic trio were recognised for their efforts with the life-saving award at the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s Cardiac Smart event at Barton Grange, near Garstang, with Derek on hand to present the prize himself.

He said: “It was magic, it was a brilliant evening.

“Without the people who saved me I would not be here. They have helped me in so many ways. I can’t thank them enough for what they did.

“It is fantastic for them to be recognised like this.”

Community resuscitation development officer Steve Nicholls had been working as a paramedic at the game in May and received the 999 call.

He said: “This chain of survival included an early 999 call, effective CPR and having quick access to a defibrillator.”

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE GAZETTE’S PETITION FOR A DIRECT RAIL LINK BETWEEN BLACKPOOL AND LONDON.