Taxi driver hailed a hero for saving grandfather's life after car crash
'He would be dead if it wasn't for those men' - says daughter
A taxi driver has been credited with saving the life of an elderly man after an incident in Dublin this week.
Neville Brennan (76) was driving through heavy rain with his wife and grandson on the Drumcondra Road on Monday evening when he suddenly fell ill.
Mr Brennan suffered a combination of a heart attack and a stroke, leading him to swerve onto the wrong side of the road and crash the car.
Luckily, an off-duty garda was driving behind the car and began to flag down other cars to help.
Taxi driver Brian Herron immediately pulled over and began to assist in administering CPR at the scene.
Mr Brennan's daughter Hazel told Independent.ie that she has no doubt but the two men saved her father's life.
"The hospital were very clear, it was the immediate action of CPR that saved his life. There was no pulse, they were looking for a defibrillator but they couldn’t get one. He would be dead if it wasn’t for those men," Hazel said.
The family launched a Facebook campaign to try and find the taxi driver who saved their dad’s life - and luck struck within a 24 hours.
"I just wanted to thank him," Hazel said.
"I knew I had a few Facebook friends who were taxi drivers; they all shared the post I wrote. We were trying to find him."
"A colleague saw the Facebook post and he rang me to see if he could give out my number. I was delighted to talk to the family and find out what happened."
Brian Herron said he administered CPR after the off-duty garda flagged down his car; "It was raining really heavily and I was soaked. But it never entered my head - I was focused on keeping this man alive."
Brian also works at Emerald Diving Ireland and he credits this for his quick thinking; "People need to do these courses but they need to practice it as well. I had that practice because of my job. I could do it again tomorrow."
The hero said he now wants to publicise the need for more people to feel comfortable performing first aid.
"A lot of people are afraid that they’re going to do something wrong. But just do what you can, even if it’s only ringing an ambulance and providing comfort. If people are on the ground when an accident happens the benefits are unbelievable," he said.
The family are now planning to meet with Brian later this week.
Grandfather Neville Brennan remains in the Mater Hospital and is in a stable condition.
"I’d love to meet him," Brian added.
"Hopefully we’ll be friends for a long time."