FIREFIGHTERS resuscitated a man they found slumped on a
bench in Altrincham.
Crews from Altrincham Fire Station were on their way back from a
visit to a nursery to do a fire safety presentation to a group of
children when they were needed.
At about 11am on Friday, June 8, Green Watch from the station
made a stop in the town on the way back to the station.
Crew Manager Tony Sheldon said: "Firefighter Gary Lovatt was
walking down the main shopping street and he came across a man
slumped on a bench so he immediately went over to see if he could
"Gary realised the man was unconscious and had stopped breathing
so shouted for us to bring the first aid bag while he started
"We suspect he was having a heart attack and just worsened right
in front of us."
While some of the crew got the defibrillator on the man, the
others called for an ambulance.
By the time paramedics arrived, they had managed to get the
70-year-old man breathing again and he was taken to hospital.
Area Manager Warren Pickstone said: "Gary did not hesitate when
he saw he could help - he immediately put his skills and training
to use and with the aid of the team brought this man back to
"The team had been carrying out Home Safety Checks and giving
fire safety talks to children - aiming to prevent fires in the
future and save lives - when they had to act there and then to save
this man, showing that while prevention is a big focus our
firefighters are always ready for an emergency."