Work­ers are thanked for sav­ing woman

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­ben­truslove

THREE men who saved the life of woman who suf­fered a stroke in her car have said it was all in a day’s work.

Pete Saun­ders (50), David Parn­well (50) and Kevin Guest (52) all work for En­ter­prise Peter­bor­ough and just hap­pened to have stopped in Belle Vue, off Whit­tle­sey Road, Stan­ground, when Jane Gul­son pulled over.

Although she did not know it at the time, she was suf­fer­ing a stroke but thanks to the quick think­ing of the three men she was whisked off to Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal for vi­tal treat­ment which she says saved her life.

The men were de­lighted to hear she re­cov­ered in time for her wed­ding to her part­ner John Gul­son four weeks later.

She was also fit enough to jet off for the once-in-a-life­time hol­i­day in Mex­ico for their hon­ey­moon.

Pete was the First-aider who recog­nised that Mrs Gul­son needed an am­bu­lance.

He said: “It’s lucky we were there re­ally and it was just by chance. It’s not my area, I was only there to do a quote for as­bestos re­moval.

“When the am­bu­lance left with her we didn’t think any­thing more about it. We just hoped she was okay.

“So when we saw her story in the ET it was re­ally nice to know she was okay and lovely to be recog­nised for what we did.

“I’ve never had to use my First Aid be­fore, other than for bumps and scrapes, and you al­ways hope you’re never go­ing to need it but it all comes back when you when it’s nec­es­sary.”

The trio had just pulled up at Belle Vue when Jane started pip­ping her horn and beck­on­ing to them.

They went over to her and she said she did not feel very well and would they call her part­ner.

They did so then David and Pete went back to work and Kevin stayed near Jane to make sure she was okay. But she be­gan to feel worse again.

He said: “She said to me ‘I’m go­ing down’, but I wasn’t sure what she meant. I called for Pete as the First-aider.

“She did get worse very quickly. I think the whole thing hap­pened in 10 min­utes so it was lucky we were there.”

When Pete came back to the car Mrs Gul­son said she was con­cerned about the two dogs in her car who she was due to walk for a friend.

But Pete quickly re­alised some­thing was wrong and called for an am­bu­lance when she started to lose sen­sa­tion in her legs.

He said: “I just spoke to her, checked her smile and her arms. I de­cided we needed to call an am­bu­lance.

“I was just ask­ing her name, what she had been up to re­cently, try­ing to make her smile.

“She lost all move­ment in her legs then, all of a sud­den, her arms went as well.

“I wasn’t pan­ick­ing at all, I knew it was im­por­tant not to be­cause that could panic her.”

And David said: “It was all good luck that we were there at the right time. The sce­nario could have been so dif­fer­ent.

“And it’s nice to get recog­ni­tion for what we did, although you’d like to think any­one would have done it.”

Af­ter the stroke Jane spent sev­eral days in hospi­tal but man­aged to get to her wed­ding at South­side Methodist Church, in London Road.

Speak­ing last week, she said if it wasn’t for Kevin, Pete and David she would not be here to­day.

The three men and Jane are all hop­ing to be able to meet up again soon.

plea­sure: En­ter­prise Peter­bor­ough work­ers Kevin Guest, Pete Saun­ders and David Parn­well, who came to the aid of Jane Gul­son af­ter she suf­fered a stroke in her car. (METP-17-05-12AS055) Picture: ALAN STORER.

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