Michael honoured for saving colleague

Hero Michael Sheriff who works for Northumberland County Council on a gully wagon, has been given a bravery award after managing to stop the wagon he was a passenger in when the driver started choking.  He is pictured with the driver Graham Farrell.
Hero Michael Sheriff who works for Northumberland County Council on a gully wagon, has been given a bravery award after managing to stop the wagon he was a passenger in when the driver started choking. He is pictured with the driver Graham Farrell.

A COUNCIL worker has been hailed a hero for saving the life of a colleague.

Michael Sheriff, 47, from Kirkley Drive, Ashington, was a passenger in the ten-tonne council gully wagon in October last year when tragedy threatened.

The driver of the left-hand drive vehicle lost consciousness at the wheel, causing his foot to go down on the accelerator while they were on the dual carriageway in Dudley Lane, Cramlington.

Michael had to react quickly as he took control of the vehicle to get it off the road.

The vehicle eventually came to a halt as it ran off the road.

Michael’s wife Sheila said: “The action of the bouncing bounced his workmate’s foot off the pedal.

“When the vehicle came to a stop, his mate came around and asked what had happened.

“They also knocked over an electrical junction box on their travels.

“I am very proud of him but not at all surprised, because he is the sort of person who would help anyone if he could.”

Now Michael has been awarded a bravery certificate from the Royal Humane Society for saving a life while his own was in danger.

Michael, based at Northumberland County Council’s Stakeford depot, said: “I never thought about what I was doing as instinct just kicked in and I knew I had to do something.

“I’m only thankful that I managed to save both our lives.”