Heroic security guard brought Gloucestershire College student back from the dead – twice
STUDENT Daniel Constable was brought back from the dead twice by an heroic security guard.
A 12-minute ordeal saw Gloucestershire College security officer Simon Hooper resuscitate 17-year-old Daniel in a college changing room.
Simon, 41, from Ennerdale Road, in Up Hatherley, is being awarded for his life-saving first aid skills.
And it emerged that Daniel was the son of Simon's childhood pal Samantha – and the pair have since been reunited thanks to the incident back in November.
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"Simon saved my life and I will always ben grateful for that," said Daniel, who is studying public services at the college.
"I don't remember a single thing from that day, not even waking up that morning."
Daniel, from Holtham Avenue, in Churchdown, had become unwell while doing a fitness test and collapsed in the changing room, not realising that he had a heart defect.
But Simon came to his rescue as he was the on-duty first aider at the time.
"He had to resuscitate him twice.
"It was my first time carrying out CPR," said Simon. "You don't think you'll ever need to use those skills.
"When I got into the changing rooms, Daniel was a really funny colour and he had stopped breathing.
"I didn't think about what that meant at the time. It was only later that I realised what had happened.
"It all happened so quickly. What was 12 minutes felt like just three or four.
"I'm not really fussed about winning awards. All that matters is that Daniel is alive.
"I knew his mum when we were growing up in Brockworth as she only lived four doors away so we have since become Facebook friends."
It was Simon's own lorry crash in 2004, which left him fighting for his life, that inspired him to learn first aid skills that were used by paramedics to save him.
He said: "It saved my life after I had a lorry crash near Tewkesbury so I wanted to learn how to do it myself."
He will be rewarded with a Resuscitation Certificate by the Royal Humane Society next month.
For Daniel, his efforts are now focused on recovering with daily medication.
His dreams of one day becoming a policeman have been dashed, but he will continue with his training.
"I don't know what I want to do now, but I am just lucky to be alive," he said.