A defibrillator donated to a grassroots football club will be used to save lives in the local community.
Millmoor Juniors, based in Kimberworth, Rotherham, are one of the latest South Yorkshire clubs to benefit from The Star’s Safety on the Sidelines campaign in memory of Dronfield referee Roger Evans.
The campaign was launched by the family of Mr Evans after he suffered a heart attack when officiating in March 2012.
Alan Ramsden, the 66-year-old club secretary, said: “The first few minutes after a heart attack are vital.
“We plan on putting signs out on the main roads so that if anybody is in urgent need of help, they can come to us or we can try and reach them.
“If we can get our defibrillator out to the community quicker than the ambulance service can get to the scene that it could make a big difference.”
The necessity of having a defibrillator on the Grange Park sports ground was highlighted in 2009 during an under-16 youth cup final when a grandfather suffered a cardiac arrest as he ran onto the pitch to assist his grandson who had broken his leg.
Alan said: “That incident made it obvious we needed some kind of instrument that might could to help in these situations. Thankfully, the grandfather survived.”
As many as 16 club members volunteered to take part in familiarisation training which was presented by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Alan added: “Ours has not been used yet but we will be ready if that moment ever happens.
“The British Heart Foundation should be applauded for championing this gesture and we are most grateful.”
Richard Finney, from Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA said: “The family and friends of Roger Evans, particularly his widow, Sue, should be sincerely thanked for their efforts in raising enough money to help support over 30 defibrillators across the region.”