Grandad’s life saved after suffering suspected seizure while at the wheel

A Long Eaton family have paid tribute to a police officer who saved an elderly man’s life after finding him slumped over inside his car.

Grandfather-of-two John Payne, 79, was found by Constable Lyndon Youd in a car not moving in the middle of a road towards Nottingham on Tuesday (August 24) at around 11.30am.

The Nottinghamshire Police officer, who was off duty at the time, smashed the passenger side window with a brick before moving the car to the middle of the carriageway.

He then proceeded with two minutes of chest compressions, bringing Mr Payne back to life.

He is now recovering in hospital. His daughter, Joanne, expressed her gratitude for PC Youd’s actions.

“What started as a normal day turned into what we think is a seizure at the wheel but for dad, he was so extremely lucky that an off-duty officer was there and recognised he was in trouble,” she said.

“There are just no words, to sum up, it just seems like words aren’t enough.

“PC Youd deserves a medal for what he did. He saved my dad and without him, I wouldn’t have him here and I’d be heartbroken so in a way he saved my life too.”

PC Youd, who has worked on the front line for over 20 years, explained how upon seeing the incident he didn’t think twice about jumping into action and helping.

He added: “Even though I wasn’t in uniform at the time I’m a police officer and will always do my utmost to help no matter the situation and if I’m on duty or not.

“I want to wish John a speedy recovery and also to thank the other members of the public who stopped to help and control traffic.”

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