Two University of Northampton employees who saved the life of their colleague given St John Ambulance award

Fiona MacLellan and Lynne York,  who work at the University of Northampton saved the life of their colleague, John Coles when he suffered a cardiac arrest

Fiona MacLellan and Lynne York, who work at the University of Northampton saved the life of their colleague, John Coles when he suffered a cardiac arrest

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Two University of Northampton employees who saved their colleague’s life after he had a heart attack at work have been given a St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes award.

At a ceremony held last night at The Lancaster in London, Fiona MacLellan and Lynne York, from the university’s library and learning services team, were given the award that celebrates ordinary people who have used first aid to save someone’s life.

The duo saved their colleague John Coles’ life after he suffered a heart attack outside of Avenue Campus.

Mr Coles, a porter at the university, was driving a van when his vehicle swerved across the carriageway and collided with a tree.

After assessing the situation, Lynne and Fiona carefully removed John from the vehicle and started performing chest compressions and rescue breaths until the ambulance arrived.

Ms MacLellan said: “John received several AED shocks on the way to hospital and eventually started breathing again. The paramedic contacted the university in the days after to congratulate us on our quick and decisive actions. “

Vice Chancellor of the University, Nick Petford, said he is delighted that Lynne and Fiona are being recognised for their actions.

He said: “We would all like to think we would act in the same way when faced with such an extreme situation, but the reality is very different ­ Lynne and Fiona’s bravery and quick thinking saved John’s life.”

The St John Ambulance’s Everyday Heroes awards evening was hosted by Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, whose father – golfer Bernard Gallacher – was saved with first aid when he suffered a cardiac arrest last year.