Peterborough and Whittlesey ‘everyday heroes’ recognised at St John Ambulance awards

Deborah Slator with Lt Col Alan Sharkey, chairman of the  ACFA National First Aid Panel
Deborah Slator with Lt Col Alan Sharkey, chairman of the ACFA National First Aid Panel
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Two ‘everyday heroes’ were celebrated at an emotional awards ceremony for lifesavers.

Tim Butcher and Deborah Slator were both nominated for the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards on Wednesday, July 1 at the Lancaster London hotel.

Former policeman Tim, of East of England Way, Orton Northgate, was shortlisted for the Everyday Hero category which recognises an individual who has saved a life with first aid or made an extraordinary first aid achievement.

Tim (46) helped save the life of Tony Byers-Brown last September by giving him CPR for 35 minutes after he suffered a cardiac arrest at Rutland Water Golf Course.

Tony survived the incident and joined Tim at the award ceremony

Despite missing out on the award, Tim said: “It was a privilege to spend the evening with Tony, and the fact that he was there and enjoying it was the best moment.

“When his wife gives you a hug, no trophy can replace that. The evening was a real celebration of life. It was humbling.”

The awards were hosted by Kirsty Gallacher whose dad Bernard, the golfer, nearly died from a cardiac arrest.

Former footballer Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match, presented an award.

Deborah, of Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, is the founder and chair of charity Defibrillators for All which provides defibrillators throughout Whittlesey.

The 53-year-old has also given talks at schools as she seeks to educate people about how easy it is to use a defibrillator.

Deborah was highly recommended in the Community Hero category.

She said: “It was incredibly emotional. There were lots of amazing stories.

“To have been shortlisted and highly commended is amazing and can only further our cause.

“The country is catching on to defibrillators and I’m convinced in two years these units will be everywhere.”

Deborah added: “The support of the local community is exceptional.”