19th Oct, 2017

Lifesavers land award

Evesham Editorial 6th Nov, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN HEROIC team who saved a cyclists life near Farncombe Estate in Broadway have been presented with a prestigious award.

Tony Haines, security supervisor at Farncombe, and his former colleagues Katie Field and Gemma Guedes were handed the National Defibrillator Lifesaver award on Saturday, October 18 by TV doctor Hilary Jones.

In March Tony used a defibrillator from the estate to restart the heart of 48-year-old Alastair Stagg who had collapsed nearby.

He was alerted by Katie and Gemma, who knew the emergency equipment was at the Broadway site.

“I am absolutely delighted to receive this award,” Tony said. “Hilary Jones congratulated the three of us and we had a great day up in London.

“We were just responding to an emergency and did not expect to get all this attention.”

Sudden Adult Death Trust (SADS) UK presented the prize to the life-savers at the ceremony at the Royal College of Nursing.

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS, said: “It was truly teamwork that brought about the successful resuscitation of Alastair Stagg.

“It was lovely to meet Tony, Katie and Gemma who had all worked together to save Alastair’s life. We were proud to be honouring them with Lifesaver Awards on this special evening.

“Dr Hilary Jones spoke of how glad he was to see people working together in this stressful situation and lives being saved using CPR and the defibrillator.”

Tony, also an experienced St John’s Ambulance volunteer, has been nominated for an Excellence in the Community Award from the West Midlands Ambulance Service. It will be presented in November.

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