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Couple saved drunk from freezing to death

John and Janet Newton - 'Hero' grandparents

John and Janet Newton - 'Hero' grandparents

A Sheffield couple are to receive an award from the Royal Humane Society for saving the life of a man they found semi-conscious in the snow.

John and Janet Newton, of Rotherham Road, Halfway, were driving to their grandson Morgan’s birthday party last March when they saw the man, intoxicated and semi-conscious, at the side of the road. He wearing just a thin shirt and a pair of trousers.

The couple got him in their car, wrapped him in a blanket and kept him talking for 40 minutes until help arrived.

Mr Newton, aged 62, said it was bitterly cold. “He certainly wasn’t dressed for the elements and our first thought was we needed to get him up off the floor, which was thick with snow.”

Society secretary Dick Wilkinson said: “Had they not happened upon him, and treated him with such kindness, he would surely have died in the snow. They were true Good Samaritans who were in the right place at the right time.”

Awards are made on the recommendation of South Yorkshire Police.

 

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