Rescuer Dave leaves regular in good spirits

Raising a toast to his heroes, left to right Neil Woods,Geoff Stockhill and Dave Williams.Picture Richard Ponter 130106
Raising a toast to his heroes, left to right Neil Woods,Geoff Stockhill and Dave Williams.Picture Richard Ponter 130106
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A Scarborough publican has done more than pull pints for one of his regulars after saving his life when the pensioner suffered a cardiac arrest.

Dave Wilkinson, who runs The Nags Head in Scalby, while also working as a Paramedic with North Yorkshire Ambluance Service, was on duty when he was called to an 83-year-old’s home in Scalby.

When he arrived, shortly after midnight on December 17, he discovered the patient was Nags Head punter Geoff Stockhill.

Mr Stockhill had been feeling unwell with what he thought was indigestion, but when he was taken into the ambulance by Mr Wilkinson he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Fast-acting Mr Wilkinson used a defibrilator to shock Mr Stockhill’s heart back into rhythm, saving his life.

Mr Stockhill, who frequents The Nags Head on a Friday and Sunday evening on his mobility scooter, has been making a steady recovery over Christmas and New Year.

He said: “I knew Dave was a paramedic because he was called out for my neighbour a while back. When he turned up we thought ‘what are you doing here’, and he said it was his first callout in the job.

“I was glad when he turned up for me. He did a great job, and was very fast in getting to me. I’m very grateful to him for saving my life, it was very good.

“I’m still very weak but I’m getting there and getting better thanks to Dave.”