On Tuesday 19 October Billy was playing walking football at Spennymoor Leisure Centre when he suddenly collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest.

Shaun McGuinness, Paul Kennedy, Ryan Binks, Leon Quinn, Matthew Douthwaite, and Adam Fryer were the staff on duty at the time and they all responded quickly to arrive on the scene to assist Billy.

The staff members immediately got the AED to Billy, made the primary survey and began CPR whilst the AED was set up. Staff delivered five shocks to Billy before he started to show signs of life.

Thanks to the staff members' actions, Billy was breathing by the time the emergency services arrived, and he was then transferred to the hospital for further treatment.

Sharron Taylor, Lifeguard Compliance Coordinator said “The staff at Spennymoor Leisure Centre worked as a great team to save Billy’s life. Due to the centre's AED equipment and our staff’s high level of training, we are all pleased with the results, had it not been for the quick reactions of the leisure staff this gent may not have survived his cardiac attack.”

The Royal Life Saving Society UK congratulated each member of staff, sending certificates to all six members of staff involved with saving Billy’s life.

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