Train driver honoured for trying to save man’s life at Meadowhall Station

Mark Nixon presents Andrew Dickinson with his Serco Pulse Award
Mark Nixon presents Andrew Dickinson with his Serco Pulse Award
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A South Yorkshire train driver has been honoured for attempting to save a man’s life at Meadowhall station

Quick-thinking Andrew Dickinson sprung into action after he saw a passenger suddenly collapse on the platform.

Andrew, a train driver with Northern Rail, had been pulling into the station at the time.

Speaking of the incident, Andrew said: “People were just stepping over him to board the train that I was travelling on.

“It wasn’t really something I stopped to think about.

“I immediately left the train to offer assistance and ring the paramedics as I could see he was going into cardiac arrest.

“An off-duty A&E nurse came to assist, along with a first aider from Meadowhall.

“I was able to direct the paramedics to the patient and steer passengers away from the incident.”

Despite the best efforts of Andrew, the paramedics and the other first aiders, the man sadly died at the scene.

However, his courageous actions have not gone unrecognised – and the driver has received a prestigious ‘Heart’ award from his employer.

Following the incident, Andrew arranged a taxi for one of the first aiders and accompanied the other on her journey home by train.

He also arranged flowers for both of them on behalf of Northern Rail to show appreciation for their help.

In the wake of the incident, which happened in August, Andrew has been honoured in the annual Serco Pulse Awards.

Alex Hynes, Managing Director for Northern Rail, said: “The Pulse Awards celebrate people like Andrew whose behaviours make a difference.

“It’s these kinds of selfless and caring acts that make our staff great and make us very proud.”

Northern Rail is a joint venture between Serco and Abellio, and the Serco Pulse Awards recognise individuals who make a positive impact in their work.