THE man who helped save the life of a pensioner who collapsed in Barnsley Interchange last year has been recognised with an award for his outstanding achievement.
Dennis Baker provided mouth-to-mouth and CPR to 72-year-old David Croggon who collapsed in Subway having sustained a heart attack in June.
His colleague, Yvonne Wilson, also helped restart David’s heart by using a defibrillator.
David had intended to go for a walk along the Trans Pennine Trail before he fell ill and credited the quick-thinking actions of Dennis and his colleagues for saving his life.
Dennis was presented with the Frontline Pandemic Award by his employer, Noonan’s, for his role in saving David’s life.
The 60-year-old, who has worked at the transport hub for 14 years, said: “When I saw David, he was really purple and slumped against the wall.
“I quickly put him into the correct position and found that there was no pulse.
“I began giving him compressions while Yvonne shocked him with the defibrillator three times, but before the third time I had to administer mouth-to-mouth and that’s when we first got a pulse.
“It was really nice to receive the award.
“We do deal with a lot of medical emergencies in the interchange so it’s nice to be recognised for our work.
“I never expected to be given the award, I am just happy that David gets to spend more time with his family – that will be enough for me.”