THE quick-thinking actions of two refuse workers from Chichester District Council helped save the life of a man who collapsed in his garden.
Matt Preston and Steve Frame, part of the green waste collection team, were on their rounds in Harberton Crescent, Chichester on Wednesday March 4 when they found the man.
Steve said: “We’d reversed into the road and we noticed a bin was on its side in the garden and we thought ‘what’s going on here?’
“As we got closer we saw a gentleman lying on the ground behind it in a star shape. From a distance we couldn’t see him, it was only as we got closer that we realised there was someone there.”
The pair rushed to the man’s aid and found him unconscious, but still breathing. At this point Matt, a former healthcare worker at St Richard’s Hospital, took over, checking his breathing and calling 999.
When paramedics arrived they had to insert a tube to help the man breathe. They also had to cut off his clothes, which Matt and Steve moved so as not to worry his wife.
The pair then contacted the council to find out the name of the couple, which allowed the emergency services to quickly contact the man’s wife.
A neighbour wrote to the council to thank the men, and after spending nine days in hospital the man in question also wrote to Steve and Matt.
“We spoke to him last week - it was a relief to drive round and see him,” said Steve. “We don’t know how long he would have laid there if we hadn’t have come across him. It’s a quiet road and if you don’t live there you probably wouldn’t go down there.”
Rod Darton, head of contract services at Chichester District Council, added: “Matt and Steve are a real credit to their community and went above and beyond. Their quick thinking actions undoubtedly saved this man’s life.”