Press release

Off-duty Firefighter receives national award for saving a life with CPR

Watch Manager, Dan Clements, received a Certificate of Commendation from the Royal Humane Society for performing life-saving CPR on a member of the public

Dan Clements and Brian Steadman

On 17th June 2022, Dan, who was off duty at the time, and witnessed a member of the public collapse on Mary Street, Longtown, just outside Dan’s place of work. Using his skills that he had acquired as an on-call firefighter, Dan administered CPR on the male who had gone into cardiac arrest. Dan continued to provide CPR on his own for around 15 minutes before an ambulance from Carlisle arrived, taking the patient to Carlisle Hospital where he made a full recovery. The paramedics who attended the incident, stated that without Dan’s actions, the man would not have survived.

The presentation to award Dan with the Certificate of Commendation took place on Tuesday 22 August at Longtown Fire Station and was awarded by Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Brian Steadman. The ceremony was attended by the Fire Crew based at Longtown, Group manager Angela Opie, Station Manager Anthony Rooney, recently retired Watch manager Kevin Byers and Dan’s wife, Karen.

Speaking on the award, Dan Clements stated:  I was just on scene at the right time and used the skills I have to keep the member of the public alive.”

Station Manager for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, Anthony Rooney, nominated Dan for the award. Speaking on the award, he said: “I nominated Dan as he represents what it means to be an on-call Firefighter, how important their role and skills are and highlights that a firefighter is always on-call in their community.

“Dan exhibited courage and bravery by stepping in and using his skills to save a life, and I’m sure the member of the public and his family are really grateful for his actions.

“We are all exceptionally proud of Dan for stepping up in a moment where he was needed, despite being off duty.

“I want to congratulate Dan for receiving this award and I am pleased that he has received recognition for his efforts.”