Life-saving driver up for employee of the month

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A Reading Buses driver went into life saving action to aid a young woman who had collapsed at a bus stop on his number 17 route.

The incident happened just after 0500hrs on Thursday, November 10.

After giving the woman the kiss of life and looking after her until the ambulance arrived, David Stephens was put forward for Reading Buses Employee of the Month award in recognition of his calm and fast response.

Mr Stephens, 48, said: “I tried to wake her, but she was barely doing anything.

“I called 999 and they asked me to check her breathing while she was on her side but I couldn’t hear much.

“I had to tilt her neck and open her mouth, but I couldn’t hear her breathing.”

The operator then talked the driver through the resuscitation procedure until the woman, thought to be in her 20s, came round. An ambulance took her to hospital.

James Freeman, chief executive at Reading Buses, said: “We are very proud of our staff when they go out of their way to help people and it’s just the sort of thing being part of the community is all about.

“This is the sort of situation we don’t want to happen, but if it does, we’re very glad there are people like David Stephens.

“He took action straight away and consequently everything was all right.”

The award nomination was forwarded by Caroline Beesley, a friend of Mr Stephens who was grateful for his support when she had problems.