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Widow Meets Man Who Helped Husband After Heart Attack

Friday September 6 2013


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A WIDOW whose husband died on a bus and the man who tried to revive him said they have both found peace after meeting.

Sheila Smith, of Springbank, Darfield, lost husband Mike, 73, after he suffered a heart attack aboard the 219 from Darfield to Barnsley. She had been told a man had attempted to resuscitate him but had no idea who this was until an appeal was made to find him.

After being encouraged by friends and family, Trevor Buckley, of Morrison Road, Darfield, came forward and the Barnsley Chronicle arranged for the pair to meet. 

Trevor, who learned how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from watching television programme ‘Lifesavers’ said he had been haunted by what he saw as his failure to save Mike, who collapsed onto him from the seat across the aisle.

"I wish I could have done more," he said. "It felt like I’d failed and I’ve had trouble sleeping because every time I closed my eyes I could see his face."

But Sheila, 72, said he was nothing short of a hero and should be recognised as such, as he explained how he spent 30 minutes attempting to revive Mike both before and after paramedics arrived.

"You were marvellous," she said. "You were with him and helping him and you can’t ask for any more than that. You’re a hero and it’s comforted us to know what you did. It’s really helped us."

Trevor said it was the first time he had performed CPR and ‘felt something take him over’ when he saw Mike collapse, though he said he hoped it was not something he would have to do again.

Another heroine remains unidentified, however, as Trevor said an elderly woman helped him get Mike into the aisle of the bus and held his head as he attempted to resuscitate him. Both Trevor and Sheila said they thought she deserved recognition for her bravery.

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Reply Posted by Caroline on Thursday September 12 2013 at 16:08
Such sad news and bravery in one story....RIP to the gentleman and well done for all your efforts to the heroic stranger xx

Reply Posted by maz on Thursday September 12 2013 at 16:12
sorry for your loss sheils but well done trevor its good to know there still good pepole helping others

Reply Posted by jacqueline eick on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:16
How do I get my mum to genuinely meet a widower around Darfield area? She is 74. She would like a companion around same age. Absolutely no time for scams and idiots, only real answers or I will spam you!

Reply Posted by what above^^^^^^^^ on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:33
What you on about, where does it state there are in a relationship?

Reply Posted by This story really moved me. on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:22
I want to reiterate, this story really moved me! I so hope my mum can meet someone, but lightening rarely strikes twice. I sincerely wish the best for these two people.