Giving Back – Traffic Management Operative Saves Young Man’s Life on his Way to Work

ON JANUARY 6, 2021, Jason Wiggins, traffic management operative with Sapphire Utility Solutions, was heading to work at Bamber Bridge in Preston, England. While he was on his way driving down the A6, he saw what looked like a pile of clothes and trainers at the side of the road covered in ice and decided to stop to find out if anybody nearby needed help. When he pulled over at the side of the road, he saw a teenage boy shaking and drifting in and out of consciousness due to the extremely cold conditions.

Jason quickly called 999 (England’s 911), asking for an ambulance or the police as soon as possible as the young man desperately needed help. He was able to get the 14-year-old boy to gain consciousness for a few moments to get some of his details and gave him his hot flask as well as a thick jacket from his van while they both waited at the roadside for emergency services. When emergency services arrived, they took the young boy immediately to get help where he was treated, and we are very pleased to say he made a full recovery.

When Jason got to work that morning, he told his manager about the young boy he saved, and Sapphire Utility Solutions wanted to help the young boy as much as they possibly could.

Pat on the back to you, Jason, and to Sapphire for giving the lad an opportunity and hopefully some focus to achieve something in his life. As an apprentice tutor, this is the kind of thing that inspires me and others to do what we do.”

Jason had given his contact details to emergency services and found out the young man had run away from a care home. He managed to contact the manager of the care home that day to check on the young man and discussed how the company could help him on his road to recovery, offering work experience or mental health support via over-the-phone counselling, paid for by Sapphire Utility Solutions. Since the care home had inhouse mental health trained professionals, the manager of the care home put the young boy’s name forward for work experience. This support is currently on hold due to the current COVID-19 lockdown and will take place once it is safe to do so.

Since posting Jason’s story on social media, Jason received thousands of positive comments, and his story went viral, reaching over 1.6 million people. One of the kind supporters said, “Pat on the back to you, Jason, and to Sapphire for giving the lad an opportunity and hopefully some focus to achieve something in his life. As an apprentice tutor, this is the kind of thing that inspires me and others to do what we do.”

Colin Kelly, Managing Director of Sapphire Utility Solutions said, “Well done, Jason. You have made a difference by not driving by, and taking the steps that you did you saved a young man’s life. Well done and thank you.”

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