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.”