Nissan heroes reunite with the grandfather whose life they saved
Monday 11 April 2022

Retail Group
Nissan heroes reunite with the grandfather whose life they saved

A grandfather whose life was saved by the quick-thinking actions of two Nissan Sunderland Plant workers has been reunited with them and the ambulance crews who came to his aid.

Frank Kelly, age 77, was on his regular cycling route around the Nissan Sunderland Plant in August last year when he suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the side of the road.

Karl Harrison (Manufacturing Staff) and David Freeman (Production Supervisor) from Nissan, as well as another passer-by, stopped to help and immediately leapt into action. Karl spoke to a call handler at 999 whilst David began to perform chest compressions.

Paramedics and police arrived on the scene a short time later and, with the assistance of a defibrillator, the medical professionals were able to revive Frank.

As a direct result of this incident, Nissan made the decision to offer training to its entire team at the plant, and since then North East Ambulance Service has trained more than 500 members of staff.

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