Heroic dad who saved the life of choking daughter, 3, up for national award

Andy Cave with daughter Keerah, 3, who he saved from choking on a penny
Andy Cave with daughter Keerah, 3, who he saved from choking on a penny

A HEROIC dad who saved his three-year-old daughter from choking to death has been nominated for a national award.

Andy Cave, from Hartlepool, is one of just four people in the country to be shortlisted for St John Ambulance’s Everyday Heroes award.

It is after his daughter Keerah began choking on a penny at home but Andy used new first aid skills he had recently learned to safely dislodge it.

The 35-year-old, of Tristram Avenue, Hartlepool, has been invited to a star-studded awards ceremony in London next month.

It will be attended by a host of celebrities including TV presenter Tess Daly, Coronation Street stars Michelle Keegan and Samia Ghadie, and Dragons Den’s Duncan Bannatyne.

Andy, who is engaged to Emma Picton, 31, said he was surprised but pleased at the nomination.

He said: “I got a phone call from St John Ambulance to say I had been nominated.

“I didn’t think it would go as far as it has but I’m really pleased.

“It will just be good to go to London and be there for the experience.”

Andy, also dad to Jake, 11, and stepchildren Leona, 11 and Sophie, eight, learned his life-saving skills as part of his coaching work with Greatham Under 12s football club.

Sue Killen, chief executive of St John Ambulance, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to recognise the everyday heroes who are saving lives and encouraging others to do the same, and I hope they inspire others to learn first aid so they too can be the difference between life and death.”