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Dewsbury firefighter saves boy's life on Turkey holiday

Stefan Taylor Image copyright Stefan Taylor
Image caption Stefan Taylor who was on the holiday in Turkey was helped by two other firefighters

A firefighter who was on holiday helped to save the life of a child who was dragged unconscious from a swimming pool.

Stefan Taylor, 34, of Huddersfield, was at a hotel on the last day of his trip to Hisaronu in Turkey on Saturday when the boy was pulled out the pool.

The firefighter said he began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the child while two other people also helped.

"A boy of three or four was passed to me. He was unconscious," he added.

"I began CPR and I kept going and going. It was a miracle. He just came back and started coughing and crying."

After several unresponsive minutes the boy coughed and breathed on his own.

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Mr Taylor, who is stationed at Dewsbury, said: "I've been in situations similar to that for my job, but when you are on holiday mode it's a different experience.

"The whole thing brought tears to my eyes."

He said he has since been in touch with the boy's family who told him he has made a full recovery.

Dave Williams, West Yorkshire Fire Brigades Union secretary, said: "That's what firefighters do, we are here to make a difference, and Stefan is dogged.

"He will keep on going, his sheer will to continue has helped the boy survive."

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