White knight to the rescue

Yorkshire Water general foreman, Roger Greenwood was a knight in shining armour for Sarah Clarke, a young mum who collapsed while taking her five year old, Sophie Parkin, to school at Howard Park. Roger has received a voucher from Yorkshire Water for his efforts and has been widely praised. (d26041242)
Yorkshire Water general foreman, Roger Greenwood was a knight in shining armour for Sarah Clarke, a young mum who collapsed while taking her five year old, Sophie Parkin, to school at Howard Park. Roger has received a voucher from Yorkshire Water for his efforts and has been widely praised. (d26041242)

A MUM has hailed her ‘knight in shining armour’ who came to her aid after she collapsed while taking her young daughter to school.

Sarah Clarke, of Manor Park Road, was taking her five-year-old daughter Sophie to the breakfast club at Howard Park Community School, Cleckheaton, when she collapsed due to an existing heart condition.

As she lay unconscious Roger Greenwood, the site foreman working on the flood prevention scheme nearby, leapt into action.

He administered first aid, called the ambulance and calmed little Sophie down.

“I have a heart condition called Potts Syndrome which means that the blood pressure and heart rate cannot regulate themselves,” said 31-year-old Sarah.

“I had not had the best night’s sleep and wasn’t feeling well.

“It does happen like that sometimes, it just hits me and I hit the floor. Sometimes there is a warning, but at other times it hits me like a ton of bricks.”

Modest Roger, 58, who works for contractors Barhale WSP, said he was just doing what anyone else would do.

“I could see she had gone a bit blue and was having trouble breathing, so I cleared her airways and put her in the recovery position,” he said.

“The little girl was shivering and frightened. I wrapped her up in a coat and my colleague called 999.

“It wasn’t a heroic thing to do, just what anyone would have done.”

Roger then dropped Sophie at school, while Sarah was taken to Dewsbury and District Hospital. She was released later that day.

Sarah added: “I’m so grateful for what he did.

“I took Sophie to the site and she gave him a card she made and some chocolates.

“Now whenever she sees him, she waves. She calls him ‘Uncle Roger’.”

Last week, Roger was presented with a voucher from Barhale to reward his quick thinking, during a pupil visit to the flood scheme on the River Spen.