Heartfelt thanks for hero firefighter

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AN OFF-DUTY Sheffield firefighter who saved the life of a heart attack victim has had his actions recognised by bosses at an appreciation ceremony which also saw him reunited with the man he helped.

Martin Farmer, based at Lowedges fire station, sprang into action when he spotted 63-year-old Dave Western having a heart attack at Abbeydale Badminton Club in September.

The 52-year-old firefighter was watching his children playing when he saw Dave collapse.

He carried out CPR until an ambulance arrived and paramedics were able to use a defibrillator to get Dave's heart beating.

The pair were reunited at Lowedges fire station, where the firefighter was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his efforts.

Dave said: "I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for Martin. I feel so lucky he saw what was happening and acted so swiftly."

Medics told Dave he would have died without Martin's help. The firefighter underwent CPR training as part of his job.

Martin said: "I didn't have any time to think about what was happening, but the training I'd received at the fire service gave me the confidence to administer CPR.

"It just goes to show how valuable this first aid training can be.

"It is great that my actions have been recognised but even better to see that Mr Western has made a full recovery."

Dave is on the mend after a double heart bypass.

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