Nathan Cane, 45, from Hazel Grove, Stockport was given a special commendation at the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards on 28 September.
Nathan was nominated for the awards after he used his first aid skills to save the life of a fellow traveller at Euston Station.The off-duty firefighter noticed a gentleman on the floor surrounded by people. He reported this to station staff and ran back to help and found the man was in cardiac arrest.
Nathan began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and called for a defibrillator and two British Transport Police Officers ran to retrieve one. Nathan carried on giving CPR until they returned and then used the defibrillator to bring John Newman back to life.
John was taken to hospital in an ambulance and had a heart bypass and has made a full recovery.
Nathan narrowly missed out on the title of Everyday Hero of the Year and the judging panel felt his actions should not go unrecognised. Nathan was presented with a certificate of commendation by John’s niece, Channel 4 News Cathy Newman.
Nathan had an emotional reunion with John, prior to the ceremony; the first time they had met since John’s cardiac arrest.
Nathan said: “It was good to see John again and he looks well – meeting him was the best bit of tonight.I’m very proud to receive this special commendation. First aid is a really important skill; it’s something that we all need.”
The annual Everyday Heroes Awards, supported by Laerdal, celebrated the nation's life savers,honouring community heroes, organisations and members of the public who have used first aid to help others.
The star studded awards was hosted by TV presenter and best-selling author, Katie Piper, who as an acid attack survivor and a parent understands the importance of having life saving skills.
Winners of Everyday Heroes awards on the night included Alex McHugh from Wigan who was awarded Hero Parent of the Year Alex was on the school run when her seven-week- old son Joel stopped breathing. She performed CPR until the ambulance arrived after knowing what to do when she watched the St John Ambulance Nursery Rhymes Inc video which teaches CPR – just the day before.
Gareth Patrickson, Managing Director of Laerdal UK, said: ‘All of the Everyday Heroes stories highlight that everyone should learn first aid skills. It is an honour for Laerdal Medical to support St John Ambulance in recognising these courageous winners and nominees.’