Neil Lindley knows only too well the importance of first aid.
The father-of-three was hailed a hero after helping to save a colleague’s life.
Neil carried out 15 minutes of resuscitation after his co-worker suffered a heart attack while they were building a new stand at Leeds United’s Elland Road home.
The team was completing work on the football club’s East Stand when first-aider Neil was forced to use his life-saving skills.
Neil carried out emergency CPR as his colleague was left clinging on to life.
Neil, 50, told the YEP: “I pulled him on to his back and went straight into CPR.
“It seemed like forever but it was about 15 minutes and when the first paramedic turned up they told me to carry on.
“He was dead at the time I started in effect.”
The first-aider, who is a project manager for Caddick Construction, was in the office when the incident happened on the sixth floor scaffolding.
He said: “I had to dash up six flights of stairs. I didn’t know what I was going to need when I got there.
“It could have been a broken leg but as soon as I saw him that’s when the first aid kicked in.”
Paramedics took over caring for the contractor who needed to be revived three times on the way to the ambulance.
Neil, from Normanton, added: “Everyone thought there was no hope really and that he had gone because they tried to revive him so many times.
“You don’t know whether leaving him for 15 minutes he could have died or whether he would have brain damage. I’m glad I have got my training.”
And Neil was delighted to receive a text message from the man whose life he saved.
He added: “He sent me a text saying thanks for what you did and that he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for what I did.”
More than half of Leeds parents admit they lack the skills needed to save their child’s life in an emergency.
Nearly a fifth do not view learning first aid as important.
Three-quarters of Leeds parents are worried at the thought of their child needing first aid.
Seven out of 10 parents said learning first aid would make them feel more prepared for parenthood.
More than half of parents in the city have relied on a passer-by or stranger to help their child in a recent situation which has required first aid.