University of Northampton library workers who helped save colleague’s life are up for award

Lynne York and Fiona MacLellan  St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes award finalists
Lynne York and Fiona MacLellan St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes award finalists
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Two women who work at the University of Northampton are finalists in the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards after helping to save the life of a colleague who suffered a heart attack.

Fiona MacLellan and Lynne York from the University of Northampton’s Library and Learning Services team have been named as finalists in the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes programme.

Their bravery, quick thinking and medical assistance helped porter John Coles when he suffered a heart attack outside of Avenue Campus. John was driving at the time and the vehicle ricocheted across the carriageway and collided with a tree.

After assessing the situation and deciding to carefully remove John from the vehicle, Lynne started chest compressions and Fiona administered rescue breaths until the ambulance arrived. John received several AED shocks on the way to hospital and eventually started breathing again.

Nick Petford, vice-chancellor of the university, said: “I am delighted that Lynne and Fiona’s actions have been recognised by the Everyday Heroes scheme. 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. As an institution we are very proud of them both.”

The awards programme celebrates stories of ordinary people who have used first aid to save a life. They are also a chance to recognise individuals and businesses that have championed the cause, helping to create more first aiders in our communities. Fiona and Lynne are one of five finalists in the Workplace Hero Award category.

The achievements of successful nominees will be celebrated at an awards ceremony on July 1, at the Lancaster London Hotel.