A First engineer has been hailed a hero after his colleague suffered a stroke at work.
Chris Gordon, an engineering supervisor at First’s Ipswich depot, was praised for his quick-thinking when he saw the signs Ivan Hazell was suffering a stroke.
Chris says: â€œIvan came into the workshop and I noticed his speech was slightly slurred and he was dribbling. I could see he wasn’t right and I wasn’t happy for him to carry on working.
â€œI thought he was having a stroke. My dad has suffered four strokes so I knew what the symptoms were and what to look out for.â€
Ivan went home, and later to hospital. He was hospitalised for four days.
â€œThey found a bleed on a vein in my neck and it turned out I had a series of mini-strokes,â€ he says. â€œI am so grateful for Chris’ actions; I feel I owe him my life.â€
Ivan, who has worked as a body fitter for 39 years, retired from First aged 70 in September.
Chris Speed, Business Manager for First in Ipswich, says: â€œWe applaud Chris for his quick thinking. His prompt actions may have saved Ivan’s life.
â€œIvan has since retired from the firm and we would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication over the past four decades.â€