THE family of a fitness fanatic who suffered a heart attack during a half-marathon has hailed two local paramedics for saving his life.
Dad-of-three Peter Carolan collapsed and almost died after completing the Ray D'Arcy Half Million half-marathon on Good Friday.
Two weeks on, Mr Carolan has been released from hospital and is on the mend, according to his wife Alice.
Alice has publicly thanked two quick-thinking Dublin paramedics for their life-saving efforts. She came face-to-face with the two men on the Today FM Ray D'Arcy show, which was responsible for organising the event in aid of the LauraLynn Foundation.
After crossing the line in just under two hours, Peter (39) collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.
Luckily, Pat Trappe, a Dublin fireman and paramedic, crossed the line just behind him and with the help of retired fireman Gerry Hilliard, attempted to resuscitate Peter, who had no pulse at the time.
Peter was transferred to St James Hospital, where he spent two weeks before returning home to Ardee. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Expressing her gratitude to Pat and Gerry for the part they played in saving her husband's life, Alice said Peter's recovery may not have been possible without their help.
"I don't have the words to express how grateful myself, the kids and all the family are to you," she told them.
"We are unbelievably lucky that you were there. Words just can't express how thankful I am."
A host of Today FM presenters were joined by 2,000 people for the LauraLynn half-marathon over the Easter weekend, raising more than €500,000 for the children's hospice.