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 Award for lifesavers following cardiac arrest

 09/07/2019

​Unaware of the exact diagnosis but realising the severity of the situation, Sarah Glendinning raised the alarm and first aider Dave Horrocks, who works in scientific support, was called for.

As soon as he saw Dave on the floor he called for the defibrillator and Sarah rushed to fetch it.

With the ambulance on its way, both Dave Horrocks and Sarah performed CPR before Dave administered the life-saving shock using the portable machine and it was this that ultimately saved his life.

The actions of Dave Horrocks and Sarah, pictured above with Deputy Chief Constable Dave Orford, were recognised last week when they were presented with Resuscitation Certificates from the Royal Humane Society.

Dave Nelson said: “You think it will never happen to you and everyone has this idea that it will only happen to overweight, unfit and unhealthy people but this is just not the case.”

He had been for a five mile run before work and then tackled a further two-and-a-half miles at lunch shortly before he fell ill.

He said he was feeling 100 per cent well and his exercise that day was nothing out of the ordinary for him. He had no signs that anything was about to happen on August 6 last year

Doctors have since told him that there is nothing he could have done differently to prevent it, however, without the quick-thinking actions of his colleagues and the use of the defibrillator located within the warehouse he would not be alive today.

“If there had been only the slightest variation on what took place then who knows what would have happened,” he added.

“Dave and Sarah know of the depth of my gratitude for what they did for me and although the nurse said I have used up all my luck they are at the top of my lottery win list.

Dave Horrocks said: “I think there is a bit of a myth that defibrillators are scary but they are not.

“My training kicked in but until that day I never had to use one. It was quite a traumatic experience which, fingers crossed I hope never have to go through again but you just never know.

 “These things save lives and people should know where they are. It is better to try than do nothing at all.”

Mr Nelson, who runs on a daily basis and has even walked to Scotland before, said he is well on the road to recovery and although it has made him think more about the activities he is doing he has vowed not to let him change his life or the things he enjoys.​