A QUICK-THINKING plumber has been hailed a ‘local hero’ after saving the life of a customer when she suffered a severe heart attack.
Stuart Egginton went beyond the call of duty and leapt into action when he heard a shout for help while working at a home in Swinton, Rotherham,
He raced into the next room to find tenant Angela Thornton unconscious.
Stuart, who works for repairs and maintenance provider Morrison, then called emergency services before helping to give first aid to Angela.
He also went out into the street to help direct the ambulance and assist paramedics when they arrived.
Angela was taken to hospital and treated for a severe heart attack.
Doctors said the emergency could have proved fatal if she had not received such prompt care.
She is now recovering at home with her famiy.
Grateful Angela said: “I don’t know what we would have done had Stuart not been there. We really can’t thank him enough for his calming influence and help.”
Before leaving the Thorntons’ home, Stuart also finished the work he had begun and tidied up to ensure everything was in its place for when Angela returned from the hospital.
Stuart said: “You never think anything like this will ever happen to you when you are at work but I am just glad that Mrs Thornton is okay, and of course that I was able to provide some help when she needed it.
“I wish her a speedy recovery.”
Maintenance firm Morrison works on Rotherham Council properties.
Coun Rose McNeely, cabinet member for safe and attractive neighbourhoods, said: “By any standards this is above and beyond the call of duty and a perfect good news story. Stuart Egginton is the definition of a local hero and I can not praise him highly enough.
“I wish Angela a speedy recovery and send all good wishes to her and her family.”