A former firefighter has been hailed as a life-saver after he carried out CPR on a 21-year-old man who suffered a heart attack while playing five-a-side football in Northampton.
Kyle Grant was playing a match at the Goals Soccer Centre in Mereway on Thursday night when a group of men from a nearby pitch asked if there was anyone with first aid training to help someone who had collapsed.
Mr Grant, who worked as a firefighter in Bedfordshire for five years, rushed over to the pitch to find Jordan Sweeney, aged 21, struggling to breathe.
The 26-year-old said he put Mr Sweeney in the recovery position and was then quickly joined by a paramedic who asked him if he knew CPR.
While the paramedic used a defibrillator, Mr Grant carried out chest compressions on Mr Sweeney for more than 10 minutes until he was stable enough to be transported to hospital.
Mr Grant said he had been in contact with Mr Sweeney’s family who had told him Jordan was now out of a medically induced coma.
Jordan’s stepfather Darren Bullen posted on the Northampton Spencer FC Facebook page that the consultant cardiologist had said the person who performed CPR on Jordan saved his life.
He said: “Kyle Grant take a bow son you are lifesaver mate and should be very proud of yourself.”
Mr Grant, who is now a train driver, said he felt he was just in the right place at the right time and praised the work of the paramedics who arrived at the scene so quickly.
He said: “I’m just really pleased Jordan is okay I’m glad to hear he is on the mend.
“I was a firefighter for five years so I was trauma trained.
“It does feel weird getting congratulated for just doing your job. I’m sure if it had not been me it would have been someone else. The paramedics also made a huge difference.”