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Gym staff who saved New Ash Green man's life honoured

PUBLISHED: 12:45 04 November 2010

Lifesavers: From the back row, left to right is Luke Toner, Daryl Eve, Wayne Pedrick, Lisa Chickelday, Sue Rolph, Danielle beaconsfield, Georgena Trigg, Mayor Bill Lambert, Elliiott Purdell and Rena Mears

Lifesavers: From the back row, left to right is Luke Toner, Daryl Eve, Wayne Pedrick, Lisa Chickelday, Sue Rolph, Danielle beaconsfield, Georgena Trigg, Mayor Bill Lambert, Elliiott Purdell and Rena Mears

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Gym staff whose speedy response saved a heart attack victim's life have been recognised with a special award.

The nine employees at Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, Gravesend, were given The Mayor’s Special Commendation and reunited with their grateful patient, John Pike, at a ceremony on Friday.

Mr Pike, 66, of Redfield Road, New Ash Green, has no recollection of the day and as he is blind, did not even know it was supervisor Danielle Beaconsfield’s speedy reactions which helped save him.

He said: “I am so grateful to everyone. I don’t have any memory of it so it is quite strange to hear how it all happened.”

Miss Beaconsfield, who had only been at the gym nine months when Mr Pike collapsed on September 6, explained what happened.

She said: “He was doing his usual routine, using the treadmill. I was helping Tony, one of the other men in the group, and I saw Mr Pike on the rowing machine. That was a little different but I checked with him and everything was fine. I turned back and he was lying on the floor, his feet still strapped in.”

Miss Beaconsfield, 22, hit the emergency alarm and staff from across the centre sprang into 
action.

The reception staff put out an emergency tannoy appeal and site manager Sue Rolph, alongside fellow staff arrived at the gym within a minute to administer CPR and get his heart beating.

The seven other staff members to receive the award were. Lisa Chickelday, Elliot Purdell, Luke Toner, Wayne Pedrick, Georgena Trigg, Daryl Eve and Rena Mears.

Miss Rolph said: “There are no heroes here, the whole team worked together, everyone played a part and we are so delighted to see Mr Pike well again.”

Mr Pike, a former car manufacturer, who was taken to Darent Valley Hospital before being transferred to St Thomas in London for a quadruple by-pass, added: “I am very lucky.”

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