Police hero honoured after saving friend’s life

L-R: Darren Roberts, High Sheriff Elizabeth Fothergill and Rob Pacey
L-R: Darren Roberts, High Sheriff Elizabeth Fothergill and Rob Pacey

An Ilkeston policeman who saved his friend’s life after he suffered a heart attack has received an award from the Royal Humane Society.

Inspector Darren Roberts, 49, was off-duty and coaching Ilkeston Outlaws basketball team when Rob Pacey, 48, collapsed and began convulsing on the court in April last year.

Together with a doctor who had been watching the game, Darren worked to restart Rob’s heart three times before paramedics arrived on the scene.

Darren was presented with the society’s resuscitation certificate during a Derbyshire Police Celebrating Achievements award ceremony on Wednesday, March 29.

Presenting the award, a spokesman for the society said: “You don’t get a better friend than Darren Roberts.”

Rob has since made a full recovery, and attended the ceremony to express his gratitude.

The Royal Humane Society was founded in London in 1774 by two medics keen to promote techniques of resuscitation.

Today, certificates may be granted to those who, though not professionally trained to do so, carry out a successful resuscitation.

Darren administered CPR to Rob and was fortunate that there was a defibrillator nearby, which they had to use twice.

Reflecting on the incident, Darren said: “Rob is a really close friend of 30 years so I was shouting and bellowing at him. His son was there, so it was a horrible feeling.

“But you have to carry on with it because if you don’t he is not going to be there.”