A heart attack victim has been reunited with his rescuers after the Guardian ran a story about the incident last week.
Norman Farnworth, 75, has thanked the Runshaw students who came to his aid after he collapsed outside the college as he walked his dog.
“I don’t know what would have happened if they weren’t there,” he said.
“I read in the newspaper that they had just undergone first aid training a few weeks earlier, and it was also fortunate that it happened outside the college and not at Worden Park which is where I had just been.
“It was a good thing they were on hand and they were fairly clued up and acted so promptly.
“They were so helpful, and I’d like to thank them very much.”
Mr Farnworth, a retired fire brigade analyst who came to Leyland to work for Leyland Trucks in 1973, added: “I was also interested to read that one of them wants to be a paramedic, one wants to join the police force and the other wants to join the army.
“They are all that way inclined to know what to do in an emergency situation.”
The grandad of three, whose own children attended Runshaw, was walking his dog Buster when he suffered a cardiac arrest.
He said: “I was on my way back home and I started to feel dizzy, then I just blacked out.
“I remember waking up and the students were around me, and I was being put into an ambulance.
“I thought I would be home later that day but they took me to Preston’s A&E and stitched me up.
“My nose, lip and forehead were all in a mess from the fall.
“I had quite a deep cut in my head, and I also had a bruise on the brain, but tests have shown that is all okay now.
“I was in hospital for 12 days and I had an MRI scan for my heart. I’m now waiting for open heart surgery to replace a heart valve.
“I’ve heard the operation is a great success.”
Mr Farnworth, who lives with his wife Pat in one of the estates close to the Langdale Road campus, is now recovering at home, and wanted to meet the students who helped him.
As reported in last week’s paper, Public Services students Oliver Walkden, Jess Smithtodd and Sam Ashcroft used the knowledge they had learnt as part of their course to bandage up Mr Farnworth’s head wounds, and put him in the recovery position as they waited for paramedics.
It has since come to light that a fourth student, Corin Williams, also played a big part in helping Mr Farnworth.
The 17-year-old, from Rufford, is studying A-Level maths, physics, 3D design and sociology at the college, and was the first person at the scene after he witnessed Mr Farnworth’s fall as he sat in his car.
Principal Simon Partington, who has awarded all four students with the principal’s commendation, said: “I know that I speak on behalf of all staff and students at Runshaw College when I say that we are enormously proud of the actions of Corin, Oliver, Jess and Sam.
“On the day in question, they showed real courage, compassion, knowledge and quickness of thought. We are absolutely delighted that Mr Farnworth is well on the way to making a full recovery.
“Runshaw is a college with a national reputation for examination success but above all we pride ourselves on respect and citizenship; these students demonstrated the very best qualities that we see in our students every day.
“I have absolutely no doubt that they will go on to be highly successful in their careers and make a vital difference to the lives of many hundreds of people in the years to come.”