Two Burnham-On-Sea firefighters who saved the life of a jogger when he suffered a cardiac arrest while running near Highbridge have been recognised with awards.
Burnham firefighters Rob Davey and Stephen Pike were off-duty and driving along Huntspill Road on February 20th when they saw 35 year-old jogger Dan Garrett fall to the ground, as we reported here.
They immediately put their first aid training to use by giving Dan CPR and, even though his heart briefly stopped, they managed to successfully revive him before the ambulance arrived to take him to hospital.
Rob and Stephen have this week been commended by the Chief Fire Officer for saving the jogger’s life during Devon & Somerset Fire Service’s 2014 Awards Ceremony.
Stephen said they were both “hugely honoured” to receive the awards.
Jogger Dan Garrett visited Burnham fire station in April, as pictured above, to thank the duo and the ambulance crews who helped him.
Dan told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I don’t remember anything about collapsing, just setting off for a jog on a 3-4km run around the local area. I’d only just started jogging and hadn’t had problems like this before. It’s all a blur from there. I am hugely grateful to the crews who saved my life.”
“It’s difficult to put into words just how grateful I am, but it really brings it home to me when I consider that I wouldn’t have seen my children again if it hadn’t been for the crews’ quick work.”
Burnham fire officer Dick Solomon said: “The fates were certainly looking down on Dan that day.”
“He was so lucky that the incident occurred in the view of two off-duty firemen who were able to give vital first aid so quickly and call for an ambulance to help him. It’s a great example of teams working together for a positive outcome.”
Pictured: Top Burnham firefighters Rob Davey and Stephen Pike with their award, and above with jogger Dan Garrett whose life they saved