A Croxley man has recently been awarded a certificate after his quick-thinking helped save a man’s life last year.
Adrian Heywood has been recognised by the Royal Humane Society with a Resuscitation Certificate, for the actions he took in assisting in restoring a man to life.
The incident took place on July 13 last year, when Adrian was taking part in a fencing tournament at Merchant Taylors School in Northwood, as part of Watford Fencing Club.
Suddenly, in the middle of a bout, one of the competitors collapsed to the floor. Adrian rushed to the man, took off his mask, and found that he wasn’t breathing, upon which, he immediately began to perform CPR on him.
He also aided in calling an ambulance and locating a defibrillator inside the school. Though the man did go into a coma, he eventually awoke and he has since made a full recovery.
Adrian’s wife Kaitie Dunscombe said: “Some made the RHS aware of it, and they’ve given him this certificate. I’m really proud of him. He’s been in the army, so I think the life-saving actions are just instinct for him. He’s very calm under pressure.
“He often takes part in very tough sailing races. He is just that kind of person.”
When contacted by CROXLEYnews, Adrian was very humble about his heroics that day.
He did add: “I’m from a background where I learned CPR as a child, and I used to have a job working in high-pressure situations. CPR is so useful to learn, it can save people’s lives.”