‘Who knows what would have happened to me’ - Hartlepool OAP who collapsed in street thanks helper

THANKS: John McKenna
THANKS: John McKenna

A PENSIONER has thanked a security guard who helped him when he collapsed in the street.

Retired Army medic John McKenna was walking along Cleveland Road past the entrance to the Heerema yard when he took ill and collapsed.

The 69-year-old, who suffers with health problems after successfully battling bowel cancer, was spotted lying on the ground by security guard Ian Jones.

Ian ran out and helped John up before phoning him a taxi to take him to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

John, who lives on Northgate, on the Headland, said he wanted to publically thank good Samaritan Ian.

The dad and granddad said: “I was walking along to my friend’s house and I collapsed outside of the Heerema gates.

“I felt dazed and I just went down.

“Ian the security guard saw what happened out the window and he ordered me a taxi to go to hospital where the doctors sorted me out.”

He added: “I’ve been around to see Ian and say thanks, but I just wanted to thank him in the Mail.

“That’s all I can do really. Who knows what would have happened to me if I’d have been left there for longer.”