Runner reunited with life savers to finish
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.