A security guard at an Asda store in West Lothian has been hailed a “hero” after his quick actions helped save the life of a customer who collapsed with a bleed on the brain.
Iain Mowbray administered first aid to the man who took ill outside the supermarket in Livingston at the end of last year.
The “courageous” 61-year-old sprung into action when the stricken customer’s wife approached the security podium asking for help and told him her husband had collapsed.
As soon as Mr Mowbray saw the customer on the ground, he knew he had to act quickly and he instructed her to phone an ambulance as he administered first aid.
An ambulance crew arrived at the scene soon after and the man was taken to St John’s Hospital where it was discovered that he had a bleed on the brain.
Medical staff later said the security guard’s diligence had helped save the customer’s life and that it was thanks to his quick thinking that the man was able to leave hospital a few days later after recovering well.
Explaining how a health scare and close call of his own inspired him to take action Mr Mowbray said: “My partner saved my life a few years ago when I had a heart attack and her quick actions meant I got the care I needed. I feel grateful that I was able to help this man.
“When I saw him, I immediately knew that something was seriously wrong, and my first aid instincts took over. I was happy to help and glad that I made a difference.”
Jackie Martin, admin manager at Asda Livingston, said: “We are so proud of Iain, he is a true hero!
“Iain jumped into automatic mode and his calm exterior and clear head helped to save the customer’s life.
“He is very diligent and a real team player who is always looking out for his colleagues and customers. I am so glad he was on duty and able to assist.”