It was an ordinary day until he had a heart attack
THE importance of resuscitation training has been highlighted by a team of Pacific Hwy truck drivers who were commended yesterday for saving the life of a work mate.
Colin Paine, 56, was having an ordinary day at work at the site of the Kempsey bypass upgrade when he suffered a heart attack in December.
His colleague Wade Darling found him slumped over his steering wheel and called for help.
Mick Cassar, Wayne Costello and his son Wayne Jnr and Josh Kearns, rushed to the scene and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
After a tense few moments, five shocks from a defibrillator and a shot of adrenalin, Mr Paine started to breath and again and was taken to hospital where he made a full recovery.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Mr Paine urged company chiefs to put their staff through first aid training and said he would never be able to repay the men who had saved his life.
The five men were presented with the NSW Ambulance Certificate of Appreciation for their efforts.
NSW Ambulance Zone Manager Superintendent Evan Clark said the men's first aid training skills made "all the difference" on the day Mr Paine almost died and would go in to serve their families in the future.