Two hero police officers save the life of Chorley man who had a heart attack at the wheel

A MAN’S life was saved by two police officers when he suffered a heart attack at the wheel of his HGV on a motorway and collided with the central reservation. PC Chris Pixton and PC Patrick Geoghegan-Shaw were on the M60 when they came across Shane Sharkey, who moments earlier had suffered a cardiac arrest at the wheel, meaning he lost control of his HGV and collided with the concrete central reservation, causing extensive damage to the vehicle and resulting in its contents being emptied across both carriageways. PC Pixton pulled Chorley man Mr Sharkey, who was unconscious, out 0f the HGV, which was now smoking.

PC Pixton, with a member of the public with first aid training who came to assist, tried to revive Mr Sharkey with a defibrillator and performed CPR for at least 10 minutes. PC Geoghegan-Shaw helped give first aid to the victim until an ambulance arrived. Mr Starkey was taken to Salford Royal Hospital in a critical condition.

He is making a steady recovery. Superintendent Richard Timson, Greater Manchester Police’s South Manchester District Commander, said: “This was a true act of bravery. Both officers acted swiftly and their quick thinking saved the driver of the HGV.

“PC Pixton has recently completed police medical training and PC Geoghegan-Shaw is currently part-way through the course. This incident highlights the importance of the skills officers learn on this course and I’m glad that they were both able to, in a high-pressured situation, put into practise what they had learned. I am proud of the courage and professionalism they displayed.

“I am pleased to hear that Mr Sharkey is making a recovery with the support of his partner Debra who wrote a letter of thanks to all the officers involved expressing her gratitude for their actions. ” PC Chris Pixton, said: “I’m delighted that Shane is now on the road to recovery with the support of his partner. “Responding to the incident truly was a team effort between the brave members of public and all the emergency services, who came together to ensure the scene was made safe and administer life-saving care.

This is no doubt one of those defining moments in my job that will stay with me.”