Na­tional recog­ni­tion for life­saver Rus­sell

Project man­ager per­formed CPR at con­struc­tion site

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By David Rivers

AN unsung hero from Uxbridge who per­formed life­sav­ing car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) on a col­league at a build­ing site in Eal­ing has re­ceived a na­tional award.

Rus­sell Piper, a project man­ager for Mor­gan Lovell, was work­ing at a con­struc­tion site, in Uxbridge Road, when Stephen Headley went into car­diac ar­rest.

The re­mark­able re­ac­tion from Mr Piper, who put his first aid skills to work, called 999 and talked to am­bu­lance con­trol with his mo­bile phone on loud­speaker, while ad­min­is­ter­ing CPR, saved the man’s life.

He was helped by another first aider on site and the two men took it in turns to give rounds of CPR be­fore paramedics ar­rived with an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor (AED).

The 54-year-old was recog­nised as a Work­place Hero at the St John Am­bu­lance Ev­ery­day He­roes awards last week on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 7.

Mr Headley, of Wel­wyn Gar­den City, Hert­ford­shire, sur­vived the in­ci­dent in Fe­bru­ary 2014, but suf­fered brain dam­age and was un­able to walk or talk for a long time.

He has only re­cently made a come­back, which al­lowed him to put Mr Piper’s name for­ward for the award.

Mr Piper said: “I feel ex­tremely proud to be recog­nised in this way, par­tic­u­larly af­ter hear­ing the other sto­ries at cer­e­mony.

“It re­ally brings home how im­por­tant it is to learn first aid and I’ll con­tinue to go out of my way to en­cour­age more peo­ple to learn th­ese skills.

“It was also won­der­ful to have Stephen there at the cer­e­mony. He’s look­ing re­ally well and has made a huge amount of progress in the last year.”

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, Mr Piper vis­ited Mr Headley in hos­pi­tal and pro­vided help and sup­port to his part­ner.

As well as this, as a di­rect re­sult of his ac­tions the com­pany now of­fer AED train­ing to staff and de­fib­ril­la­tors are avail­able to the site teams.

Mr Headley added: “I’m over the moon in­spi­ra­tional the awards Rus­sell has won this award and I had a tear in my eye when he took to the stage to ac­cept it.

“He has done so much for me – I can’t thank him enough.

“He’s an amaz­ing man. With­out him I wouldn’t be here to­day.”

There were 10 other in­spi­ra­tional win­ners at the awards cer­e­mony, which was hosted by pre­sen­ter Myleene Klass and at­tended by So­phie, Count­ess of Wes­sex.

n ‘AMAZ­ING MAN’: Rus­sell Piper was given a Work­place Hero Award at the St John Am­bu­lance cer­e­mony

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