RMS inspectors save man on F6 at Waterfall

19 October 2013

Roads and Maritime inspectors save man on F6 at Waterfall

Three heroic Roads and Maritime Services heavy vehicle inspectors will be awarded a St Johns life sustaining award today after saving a man’s life when he collapsed on the side of the F6 at Waterfall.

Earlier this year a man was driving home from work feeling unwell. When he reached Waterfall he stopped by the side of the road, suffering from the symptoms of a heart attack, and called emergency services for urgent help.

The man was trying to wave down traffic while on the phone but collapsed before he could connect to the operator.

The Roads and Maritime officers were carrying out heavy vehicle safety and compliance inspections on other side of the highway when they noticed the man in distress.

Adam Kelly said he did not hesitate when he saw the man on the side of the road waving for help.

He cautiously crossed the road and instantly started CPR to keep the man alive while the other inspectors guided emergency services to the right location as quickly as possible.

Soon after, the man was treated by ambulance officers and taken to Sutherland Hospital where he fully recovered.

All Roads and Maritime heavy vehicle inspectors are trained in first aid as part of the agency’s commitment to ensure safety for its staff and NSW road users.

Roads and Maritime Services nominated the men for the award impressed by their quick thinking and compassion and inspired by a letter of thanks from the man's wife.

The officer’s commitment to ensuring community safety was further demonstrated this week when Adam joined rural fire fighters to help battle devastating bushfires at Balmoral and Picton, while on a week’s leave.

The three inspectors will receive their awards at 2pm today at Sydney University, presented by the NSW Govenor, the Honorable Marie Bashir and NSW St John Chairman, Mr Tony Thirlwell.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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