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Runner reunited with life savers to finish race

 Michael Andrews

10 March 2014

Runner Michael Andrews reunited, on 1 March, with St John Ambulance volunteers who saved his life after collapsing during the Ashbourne Half Marathon last September.

Michael, 51, wanted to run the final 700 meters he did not complete after collapsing from cardiac arrest near the finish line of the 21 km race.

Michael, from Chesterfield, was awarded his finisher’s medal as his life savers – Joshua Feddon, Sarah King, Phil Lemon and Emma Tougher – looked on.

‘It’s just great to see everyone and be able to thank them personally,’ said Michael. ‘I thought it was going to be an emotional day, but it has been a really enjoyable moment. I can’t thank them enough for what they all did.’

Ready to help

Thanks to SJA volunteer first aiders, Michael’s life was saved minutes after he collapsed. SJA first aiders  used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restart his heart, after CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) was started by an off duty fire fighter and fellow runner. With the help of bystanders and event officials who called for an ambulance, SJA volunteers cared for Michael and reassured him before being transported to the hospital.

As the nation’s leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance provides fully trained and equipped first aid personnel at pubic events across the country.  St John Ambulance has provided first aid cover at the Ashbourne Half Marathon for nearly 20 years.

Ashbourne Town Councillor Ann Smith is raising money for AEDS in the community, to help people like Michael, in instances where SJA volunteers may not be around.