Two Hemsworth firefighters helped save a dad’s life after he collapsed while playing in his first football game in two years.
Dominic Beadle’s heart stopped for ten minutes after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field at Hemsworth Sports Centre on June 17.
Firefighters Paul Waters and Andrew Houlton rushed to the rescue after one of Mr Beadle’s fellow players ran to Hemsworth Fire Station for help.
They administered life support and shocked Mr Beadle’s heart back into a rhythm until paramedics arrived.
Mr Beadle, 38, from Pontefract, spent two days in an induced coma at Pinderfields Hospital before being transferred to Leeds General Infirmary where he underwent a quintuple heart bypass.
He recently took his partner Angela Hughes and six-month-old daughter Anya Beadle to meet firefighter Waters.
He said: “The fire service lads saved my life. If it was not for them I would not be here. I have a lot of people to thank for their quick-thinking actions that day and for the care I have received afterwards.
“I feel like I have been given a second chance at life. The thought that my daughter could have grown up without a dad is unbearable.”
Firefighter Waters, 52, said: “Saving someone’s life is better than winning the lottery. It was great to see Dominic again - I said to him, ‘you’re looking better.’”
Firefighters Waters and Houlton were presented with a District Commander’s letter of appreciation for the rescue.
John Lloyd, assistant district commander for Wakefield, said: “Paul and Andy demonstrated how well-trained and multi-skilled West Yorkshire firefighters are.
“They responded to a stressful incident and dealt with it in a calm and professional manner.
“Their life-saving actions resulted in a happy ending for Dominic and his family.”