Firefighters in Darlington saved a manâ€™s life after he suffered a heart attack in front of their picket line on Tuesday as they were taking part in a four day strike over the Westminster governmentâ€™s pension policy.
The 49 year old man, currently in hospital, collapsed outside Darlington fire station leaving quick thinking firefighters to grab trauma equipment – using a defibrillator on the man before carrying out CPR.
Richard Fretwell, a firefighter who was at the scene, said: â€œFirefighters are forced into taking industrial action reluctantly because we understand our position within the community. Fortunately for this gentleman, our picket line was in the right place at the right time to give him the best possible chance of a full recovery.
â€œEverybody involved in administering CPR acted on impulse using their professional skills. For once our dispute with the Government couldnâ€™t have been further from our minds.
â€œWe sincerely hope the gentleman makes a speedy full recovery and thank you to his family for taking the time during this difficult period in their lives to visit the station to pass on their gratitude for our part in his care.â€
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