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Designer comes to aid of injured cyclist

David Owen who helped a cyclist the day he competed a first aid course at KITS, Brighouse.

David Owen who helped a cyclist the day he competed a first aid course at KITS, Brighouse.

A designer came to the rescue of an injured cyclist just hours after completing a first aid course.

David Owen, senior design engineer at Weir Valves in Elland, put himself forward to complete a three-day first aid training course at KITS, Brighouse.

On the day of completing the course, David, of Egerton, Bolton, was driving along a local dual carriageway with his girlfriend Kate when he noticed a male cyclist on the ground.

David immediately slowed down and got out of his vehicle to attend the emergency situation.

The man, aged in his 30s and in a lot of pain, had gone over his bike handlebars and dislocated his shoulder.

David, along with a female driver who had also stopped to help the man, moved him to safety and put his arm in a raised support strap.

“I had just finished the course that day and there I was, having to put the first aid skills into a real life scenario that evening.

“I’d only learnt how to put an arm into a raised support strap that day, too,” said David.

David, Kate and the female driver called the man’s mother-in-law to let her know he would no longer be able to collect his daughter and waited with the cyclist until an ambulance arrived.

David, who had never done any first aid training previously, said he would recommend others to get clued up on first aid training.

“You don’t know when you’ll need it - first aid knowledge could make all the difference to your family and friends, and even to strangers,” he said.

 

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