Hero King’s Lynn bus driver reunited with the colleague he saved

David Fields, left, acted swiftly when his colleague Bernie MacTavish, right, suffered a heart attack at work. Picture: Ian Burt David Fields, left, acted swiftly when his colleague Bernie MacTavish, right, suffered a heart attack at work. Picture: Ian Burt

Thursday, February 20, 2014
8:59 AM

A bus driver has spoken of how his colleague saved his life by rushing him to hospital after he suffered a heart attack at work.

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First Eastern Counties’ controller David Fields sprang into action when driver Bernie MacTavish became unwell.

Mr MacTavish, 55, who lives in Gaywood Road, King’s Lynn, said: “I came into work as normal but had a pain in my chest, which I put down to indigestion.

“I went from the depot at King’s Lynn to the town’s bus station and was sweating profusely and felt dizzy. I rang up Dave and returned the bus to the depot. Dave put me in a works van and drove me to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.”

Mr Fields, 59, who lives in Coronation Grove, Swaffham, is a qualified first aider at work and has received training from St John Ambulance.

The grandfather-of-five, who has worked for First for 30 years as a controller and driver, said: “Bernie was starting to get worse on the way to hospital and it was quite scary. He was turning grey and his lips were blue, which are classic symptoms of a heart attack.

“I didn’t panic – it’s important to stay calm in situations like this. I just knew I had to get him to the hospital.”

Mr MacTavish said: “There’s not much more I can say other than thank you. I owe him my life.”

Have you got a story about a hero at work in the King’s Lynn area? Email reporter David Bale at david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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