UAP, the Manchester, England-based specialist in locks and hardware for doors and windows, welcomes Dirk Charnock back to its head office in Whitefield after suffering a cardiac arrest last month.

When Charnock collapsed at work, operations director Wendy Rushton and her fellow colleagues rushed to help him by executing their first aid training. On hand to support Rushton, first aiders Julie Greenhalgh and Lyndsey Smyth called emergency services, placed Charnock in the recovery position and deployed the defibrillator. The company reported at the time that the swift actions of the team around him ensured that Charnock survived his attack and was swiftly taken to North Manchester General Hospital.

(L-R) Wendy Rushton, Dirk Charnock, Julie Greenhalgh and Lyndsey Smyth from UAP.

Now, just a month on, Charnock has undertaken a speedy recovery and has greeted the women that saved him at UAP’s head office.

“I will be eternally grateful to Wendy, Julie and Lyndsey for being proactive and calm as I went into cardiac arrest. They saved my life and I cannot thank them enough,” he said. “Their actions and level-headedness are testimony to the culture and training available at UAP. Without the chance to undertake a first aid or defibrillator course, I may not have made it. Thank you again for all the kind messages. I am very much looking forward to being back at work surrounded by my colleagues and friends.”

Charnock will return to work in three months upon confirmation of a complete recovery.

“I cannot be prouder of the team at UAP, their calm, practical response saved Dirk’s life. We’re all very much looking forward to having him back in the office and fighting fit,” said Rushton.

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