Stagecoach driver praised for quick action

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Stagecoach Midlands driver Denise Coles has been thanked for coming to the aid of a passenger suffering from a suspected heart attack.

Tina Frith was about to get off a bus in Corby town centre at 0730hrs a couple of weeks ago when she was suddenly taken ill.

Denise , 54, who hails from Market Harborough and has been a driver with Stagecoach for nine years, sat Mrs Frith up in the seat while she dialled 999 and continued to talk to her until the paramedics arrived.

Mrs Frith was then rushed to Kettering General Hospital with a suspected heart attack.

Commenting on the incident, Denise said: “Mrs Frith was about to get off the bus and didn’t look at all well. I asked her if she was okay, but she wasn’t and proceeded to be very ill. She was spaced out and I called the ambulance. I stayed with her until the ambulance arrived.”

Denise also contacted Mrs Frith’s son-in-law, who is a fellow Stagecoach employee.

Paying tribute to Denise’s actions in a local newspaper, Mrs Frith’s husband Michael said: “I can’t thank her enough for everything she has done when it came to dealing with my wife. It is very much appreciated and will never be forgotten.”