FOUR selfless Barnsley residents have been commended by South Yorkshire Police after attempting to save the life of a young dad who had been stabbed.

On August 9 last year, 28-year-old dad-of-two Daniel Micska was stabbed to death by Daniel Balazs who plunged a 12cm knife into his chest on Newton Street in the town centre.

Jonathan Maw, Elaine Priestley, Gillian Austin and Michelle Dyson all came to assist Daniel as they tried to stop the bleeding and comfort him before paramedics arrived at the scene to provide first aid.

They were all commended by South Yorkshire Police for trying to save Daniel’s life in a special event which took place last Thursday.

Daniel’s brother, Karoly Micska, attended the ceremony and thanked the quartet for what they tried to do.

Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall said: “I know Daniel’s family found comfort from knowing a community like that one in Newton Street continues to exist.

“They desperately tried to save Daniel’s life and showed great passion and courage in coming out of their homes to come to the aid of someone they didn’t know and had never even met before.

“Unfortunately in these situations, our officers are confronted by people whose first reaction is to pull out their mobile phones and start taking photographs or filming.

“But none of these people did that.

“That was the furthest thought in their minds and instead, they gave it their all to fight to save this man’s life and we are delighted to be able to present them with these commendations as a small token of our respect and gratitude.”

Balasz, 22, of Heelis Street, was found guilty of murder following a trial in February and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 20 years behind bars.