A Labour Party member played a crucial role in saving the life of a man who was horribly wounded in a vicious knife attack in the Hounslow area of London yesterday.
The attack took place opposite Hounslow’s Sun pub and a Labour member passing by discovered a disoriented man with two deep wounds and intervened to help. Shawn Peacock told the SKWAWKBOX what happened:
I was walking by the Sun and saw this guy walking along looking a bit disoriented. As he passed, he said to me “Help me get this knife out of my back, mate”.
I thought it was a prank at first, but when I looked he had a huge knife buried to the hilt near his shoulder blade. A woman was there and she kept telling him to sit down, but the blade would have been moving about and doing more damage. He kept saying pull it out, but I knew that was a bad idea so I called an ambulance and then just tried to keep the blade stable and him upright – which wasn’t easy, because he was heavy and starting to go grey and fading out.
Mr Peacock, who does not have any medical training, continued:
I kept talking to him, trying to keep him alert while we waited for the ambulance. He kept asking for a fag! While I was holding him up, I realised he had another knife would near his spine, so when the ambulance arrived I briefed the paramedics while they started to cut his t-shirt off around the blade. The paramedic said if he wanted a fag, just give him one so he’d stay still – but he was really starting to go grey and slump by this time.
I spoke to one of the police officers this morning and they said he’s going to be fine. Apparently there was another knife attack in town the same evening, but I don’t know whether they were connected.
Mr Peacock was modest about his role, but did admit when asked that the paramedics had said things could have gone a lot worse for the wounded man had he not been there to help.
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