Railman who helped save woman’s life is nominated for award

Railman who helped save woman’s life is nominated for award

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

A MERSEYSIDE man has been nominated for a national award after he helped save the life of a female rail user in Southport who had attempted to commit suicide. 

Vinnie O’Brien, 55, who works as a train presentation operative for Northern at Southport train station, rushed over to administer first aid until paramedics arrived in March this year.

He has now been shortlisted in the Outstanding Personal Contribution category of the prestigious National Rail Awards - a scheme which recognises outstanding achievements across Great Britain and rewards individuals and initiatives which demonstrate ‘innovation, measurable improvements and exceptional leadership’.

Jack Commandeur, engineering director at Northern, said: “Vinnie is a credit to Northern and a life-saver in every sense of the word.

“His ability to remain calm under pressure and deal with the situation until paramedics arrived undoubtedly saved this customer’s life.”

Vinnie, from Liverpool, will find out if he is the winner in his category at the awards ceremony in London on Thursday, September 15.



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