Road worker honoured for helping woman

Mick Hannan received Northern Gas Network's Accolade of the Year.
Mick Hannan received Northern Gas Network's Accolade of the Year.
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A ROAD worker has been honoured for coming to the aid of a woman who collapsed in the street.

Mick Hannan received the accolade after coming to the rescue of a mum who suddenly fell ill.

Mick, of Shiney Row, who works for road surfacing company New County, had been inspecting an asphalt patch of road on Framwellgate, Durham City, when the woman walked past with her teenage daughter and son.

Suddenly, she collapsed, falling head first onto the pavement and was knocked unconscious.

Mick said: “It all happened very quickly.

“One moment she was walking past and I said hello, and the next she was flat out on the ground.

“I could see very quickly that she wasn’t in a good way and her children were very distressed.

“I ran back to my car and got my coat and put it under her head and put her in the recovery position.

“I was a bit panicky myself because I hadn’t been in that kind of situation before, but I just did what I hope anyone else would.”

Construction engineer Mick then phoned the emergency services and an ambulance soon arrived to tend to the woman, who was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police later thanked Mick for his actions.

When Mick’s bosses heard about the incident, which happened late last year, they nominated him for an honour at Northern Gas Network’s Gala Awards celebration, which rewards dedication to customers.

The 47-year-old was overwhelmed to learn he had received the top honour for his quick-thinking actions.

Mick said: “The awards are given out when one of the team has done something out of the ordinary.

“I have nominated a few of the lads on my team before, but I had no idea that I had been nominated myself.

“I was pleased to hear the woman recovered and was fine, but completely shocked to receive the Accolade of the Year – it’s the top honour and was pretty humbling for me.”