Six runners who saved a man’s life have been honored by the Royal Humane Society.
When Tony Comber collapsed from cardiac arrest while out with members of the Stamford Striders Running Club, he was lucky to be with people who responded quickly.
Fellow runners Rupert Clifton and Nick Sheehan, both of whom have run hospital crash teams, jumped into action immediately.
Rupert, who lives in Carlby and works as a consultant orthopedic surgeon at Peterborough City Hospital, started CPR, and Nick, a retired rheumatologist, monitored Tony’s airway and checked his pulse.
Stanford firefighter Martin Kandish was also involved in first aid, while Nicholas Bertrand, Stuart Hill and James McCloskey went looking for a defibrillator.
Their actions resulted in the use of a defibrillator within minutes, and Tony regained his pulse before the ambulance arrived.
Since this happened last February, Tony has recovered so well that he has been running clubs and racing.
In recognition of their actions, Rupert and Nick receive resuscitation certificates. This is the highest National Lifesaving Award by the Royal Humane Society and Nicholas, Martin, Stuart and James will receive a Certificate of Commendation.
Thanking Tony for the nomination, Rupert said he was “delighted and honored” and added, “It was a great pleasure to see Tony fully recovered. We are lucky to have him running with us today.” It was a true team effort.”
Rupert and Nick emphasized that the Stanford Strider deserves recognition for its speed, efficiency, and organization, even without formal medical experience, while being trained to treat people.
Tony can’t remember anything from the night he collapsed outside the store on Drift Road in Stanford. However, he is convinced that he would not have survived without the efforts of those who were recognized.
he said: Nominating the people who saved my life was a way to get them credit. ”
Records of the incident and photographs of those involved will be kept in the Royal Humanitarian Society archives for 100 years.
Tony is passionate about promoting first aid training for everyone and letting people know where the nearest defibrillator is.