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Cobram residents receive hero awards

Four friends have been recognised by Ambulance Victoria for saving the life of a Cobram footballer in August.

ESTELLE GRIEPINK December 5, 2013 4:00am

Heroes rewarded:(L-R) Tess Lane, Brittany Brunskill, Steve Tomlinson and Paul Ukich have been recognised as heroes after they saved the life of Cobram Football Club player Daniel McIntyre in August.

The four Cobram friends who saved the life of a local footballer in August are now officially community heroes.

Steven Tomlinson, Paul Ukich, Brittany Brunskill and Tess Lane were among 20 everyday Victorians who were presented with 2013 Ambulance Victoria Community Hero awards at a ceremony at Parliament House last month.

The group’s efforts saved Cobram Football Club player Daniel McIntyre, pronounced clinically dead when he collapsed at a training session at Scotts Oval.

They rushed to his aid by calling triple zero and taking turns in performing CPR before paramedics arrived.

Mr Tomlinson said he felt honoured to receive the award.

‘‘It’s not the sort of thing we were looking for when we did what we did, but it’s nice to have the recognition,’’ he said.

Mr Tomlinson described the moment the four worked to save Mr McIntyre’s life as surreal.

‘‘He wasn’t breathing and we basically did what we had to do — it wasn’t until the end when people got there and said he was in full cardiac arrest that I even thought he could be dead.

‘‘It hadn’t crossed our minds because we were just doing as much as we could.’’

Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella said the winners showed the importance of passers-by taking action before paramedics arrived.

‘‘Our paramedics are highly trained and deal with these situations on a daily basis, ‘‘ Mr Sassella said.

‘‘But for a colleague, family member or complete stranger to step up in distressing circumstances and sometimes risk their own lives — this makes them a hero in our eyes.’’

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