Pool fan’s praise for his heroes

Nurse Tracey Garde (left) pictured with Derek Smith, seen here wearing a Bolton Wanderers scarf!
Nurse Tracey Garde (left) pictured with Derek Smith, seen here wearing a Bolton Wanderers scarf!
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A Seasiders fan whose life was saved by three quick-thinking heroes has welcomed their nomination for a national award.

Derek Smith is now recovering after suffering a heart attack after Pool’s 2-2 draw at Bolton in May.

PC Garry Lee, off-duty nurse Tracey Garde and Bolton Arena manager Lesley Hough, who came to his aid during the ordeal, have now been nominated for the Life Saver of the Year category at the UK Heart Safe awards.

It is recognition which Mr Smith, 79, from Bispham, believes is well deserved.

He said: “It’s absolutely brilliant because it’s good that there are still people who will help others out.

“I’m still in contact with the policeman and he’s a smashing bloke. It’s thanks to them I’m still here so I’d nominate them all the time.”

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

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

The UK Heart Safe awards, which will be held on October 10 in Manchester, are run by the Hand On Heart charity.

The awards have also seen Myserscough College, in Bilsborrow, nominated in the educational establishment of the year category.

Sports-mad Mr Smith had been a regular cricket umpire in the Palace Shield until his illness.

He is now recovering well but says he is finding it difficult to be less active.

He said: “I’m not bad at all now but I get a bit down because I umpired for 20 years and it’s been great weather this summer, but I can’t get out and I can’t drive.”

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