'You deserve a medal' - readers praise Bridges security guard for saving toddler's life
Messages of support have been flooding in for a hero security guard who rushed to the aid of a choking toddler.
Carl Simpson, who has worked at the Bridges for five years, was reunited with 3-year-old Jayden Percy after coming to the rescue when the little boy began to choke.
The "friends for life" met at the shopping centre on Saturday, one week on from the terrifying moment that the toddler began to choke on a piece of his breakfast.
Carl, from Grindon, told the Echo that he was "over the moon" to know that Jayden was okay, while mum Sarah, 25, said she "couldn't thank him enough" for saving her little boy's life.
Echo readers have paid tribute to Carl's quick thinking and hard work after the pair got to meet again.
Here are some of your messages to him from social media:
Dorothy Stockdale Webb: "Thank god for this chap and his calmness and courage, well done."
Jacqueline Jollands: "I think we are very lucky to have them - always feels safe in the bridges and well done to this security guard you deserve a medal!"
Claire Dwyer: "Thank you Carl, you will always be our hero. From Jayden and family."
Lisa McEwan: "Well done. This is the same guy who helped my nana when she fainted in the Bridges. Wonderful man."
Jamil Khan: "Top bloke always got bit time for chat."
Ian Scorer: "Well done and pleased the little one is okay."
Craig Raine: "Shining example of an SIA badge holder. Well done sir."
Beverley Ball: "You deserve a medal, what you did was amazing."
Sara Hadley Hingley: "Nice to read something positive, so glad the little boy is okay."
Sylvia Weetman: "Well done you're a hero should get some sort of award."
Tony Winfield: "My former neighbour Carl, well done sir, you've got a friend for life there mate. Lucky little chap."
Ian Taggart: "Well done Carl. Leading our team well."
Fox Stewart Brian Purvis: "Pat on back."