A policeman has hailed the quick-thinking actions of a car showroom manager who helped to treat a motorcyclist following a serious accident.
Simon Carter, manager at Blackpool Honda Motorcycles in Lytham St Annes Way, Blackpool, was praised by Stuart Gornall following a serious accident on Moss Side on Friday.
Mr Gornall, an off duty police officer, was traveling between Kirkham and Lytham when he spotted a serious crash which had left a car and its four passengers in a field, a bike badly damaged and a biker injured on the road.
The officer contacted Blackpool Honda’s Facebook page praising Mr Carter’s actions, which included bracing the biker’s head and neck and using his jacket to cover the man.
Mr Gornall said: “I got out of my car and found that one of your employees (Mr Carter) was already there and was taking care of the rider in the road.
“Your guy had managed to remove the helmet of the rider safely and had braced his head to prevent any further injury to his head or spine whilst waiting for the ambulance.
He text me the next day to say thanks very much - I’m just glad I was able to help
“He even gave up his own bike jacket to keep the chap on the floor from going into shock.
“The ambulance and police soon arrivee and your chap assisted with both the police report and getting the rider into the ambulance.
“The rider was only wearing jeans and trainers on a 1,000cc Suzuki and luckily there didn’t appear to be any major injuries.
“I was very impressed with your guy and his knowledge of safely assisting. I think it highlights a few things, the importance of good safety gear, the importance of education for being first rider on scene and being friendly and professional enough to keep the spirits up of the rider.”
Mr Carter said he was only doing what anyone else would have done.
“I’m a biker myself and when you see a bike down it’s the most horrible feeling,” said Mr Carter, who lives in Lytham.
“I’ve done a first-aid course called Biker Down, and what happened shows it is well worth doing because there were other people on the scene but they didn’t know what to do, I guess they were in shock.
“I told him to stay calm, held his head and made sure he didn’t move.
“He text me the next day to say thanks very much - I’m just glad I was able to help.”