Three people who rushed to aid of a Blackpool FC fan as he had a heart attack have been honoured for their lifesaving instincts.
Derek Smith, 79, collapsed in the car park of Bolton Wonderers’ Reebok Stadium after watching Blackpool draw 2-2 with The Trotters in May.
PC Garry Lee rushed to his aid, quickly joined by off-duty nurse Tracey Garde, who was driving out of the car park, and Bolton Arena manager Lesley Hough.
All three have won a Lifesaver of the Year award at the UK Heart Safe Awards for keeping Derek alive, even though his heart stopped three times.
Bolton fan Tracey said: “I am very proud and humbled to have won.
“I was driving at the time and my mum said someone was on the floor and a police officer was giving him heart massage.
“Instinct told me to get out of the car.”
Tracey, 49, has been a cardiac nurse for 26 years, and said she had never resuscitated anyone outside of work before, and had never given anyone mouth to mouth before Derek.
Lesley used the stadium’s defibrillator to keep Derek’s heart beating.
She and Tracey picked up the award at Thursday’s ceremony while Garry is on holiday.
Tracey said: “The three of us had never met before, but we came together to save Derek’s life and we’ve stayed in touch.
“I’d absolutely do it again.”
Derek, of Bispham, said: “They deserved that award. What they did was absolutely brilliant and this proves it.”