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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
Lifesaver Dan recognised with fire award
ABOVE AND BEYOND . . . watch manager Dan Clements with deputy chief fire officer Brian Steadman at the award ceremony on Tuesday

A LONGTOWN firefighter has received a certificate of commendation for performing life-saving CPR on a member of the public.

Watch manager Dan Clements was off-duty when he witnessed a man collapse and go into cardiac arrest on June 17 2022.

Using skills that he had acquired as an on-call firefighter, Dan administered CPR for around 15 minutes before an ambulance from Carlisle arrived, taking the patient to Carlisle Hospital where he made a full recovery.

The paramedics who attended the incident stated that without Dan’s actions, the man would not have survived.

On Tuesday evening, Dan was awarded his certificate by deputy chief fire officer Brian Steadman at Longtown Fire Station.

The ceremony was attended by the town’s fire crew, including group manager Angela Opie, station manager Anthony Rooney, recently retired watch manager Kevin Byers and Dan’s proud wife Karen.

Commenting on the award, Dan said: “I was just on scene at the right time and used the skills I have to keep the member of the public alive.”

Station manager for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, Anthony Rooney, nominated Dan for the award.

He said: “I nominated Dan as he represents what it means to be an on-call firefighter, how important their role and skills are and highlights that a firefighter is always on-call in their community.

“Dan exhibited courage and bravery by stepping in and using his skills to save a life, and I’m sure the member of the public and his family are really grateful for his actions.

“We are all exceptionally proud of Dan for stepping up in a moment where he was needed, despite being off duty.

“I want to congratulate Dan for receiving this award and I am pleased that he has received recognition for his efforts.”

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