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Reunited: Young boy meets Grimsby policeman who saved his life

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A Grimsby policeman who saved the life of a baby boy taken seriously ill in the street has been reunited with the family.

PC Dave Holden went to the aid of Danielle Smith of Stanley Street after one-year-old George began suffering from fits as she walked along the Riverhead on Saturday, July 9.

Danielle said: “We were walking along and had just got to the Riverhead when George made a strange noise, went completely floppy and started fitting.

“He started to go blue. I was in a complete panic. We didn’t know what was happening.”

Mum Danielle says she would have lost George if it wasn't for PC Holden.

Mum Danielle says she would have lost George if it wasn’t for PC Holden.

While trying to get through to the ambulance service, Danielle spotted PC Holden at the traffic lights and flagged him down.

He was able to give George basic first aid at the scene, opening his airway, and rushed the family to the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.

Doctors revealed he had suffered a heat-related convulsion and George was kept in overnight as a precaution.

Danielle added: “If PC Holden hadn’t come, I think I would have lost George.

“He just changed so quickly. I was really scared. We can’t thank him enough.”

After learning that the young boy always gets excited when he sees police vehicles, officers from the Youth Engagement team arranged for him to come in and see some of the force’s response vehicles and bikes up close.

Thanks to the team at Smyths Toy Store, George also received his own toy police car to zoom around in at home.

It was also a chance for George, Danielle and her partner Thomas Bennett to catch up with PC Holden.

PC Holden said: “It’s been great to see George and Danielle again and I am really happy I could help.”