Award nomination for Coventry carpenter who saved a man’s life
A courageous carpenter who saved a man's life at the
side of the road has been nominated for a West Midlands Police and
Crime Commissioner Outstanding Citizens award.
Mark Watts came to the aid of a knife attack victim, providing
life-saving first aid, shelter from his attackers and even managed
to record vital evidence.
The 25-year-old from Foleshill, Coventry, who works for
Whitefrairs Housing, was coming back from a night-shift call-out
when he saw the battered and bloodied victim on Foleshill Road in
Mr Watts said: "When I saw him covered in blood, I stopped and
"I immediately activated my SoloProtect ID badge, which notifies
the police, tracks my GPS so they know where I am and audio records
"I started to do first aid on him but then a gang of people who
had started the trouble came over and that caused a bit of uproar.
I managed to calm things down and get the victim safely into my
van. By this time he was drifting in and out of consciousness. Then
the police arrived and took control of the situation.
"I just couldn't drive past and leave him - other people were
but I couldn't do that, I'd want someone to help me or a member of
my family if the tables were turned. It was a really hectic
situation but I'm proud of myself for stopping: it was the right
thing to do. When I stopped, he was heading for the ground and who
knows how it would have ended if they had caught up with him
Mark will find out if he's won at the Outstanding Citizens
ceremony on July 13.
He said: "I was really surprised to get this nomination, it's
really nice to be recognised. I also got an award from my employer
too so that was great."
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:
"The awards are our chance to say 'thank you' to those people who
make the West Midlands a better place.
"Mark's actions were incredibly brave - there's not many people
who would stop and do that. His fearless and quick-thinking actions
not only saved the victim's life but also resulted in an arrest. He
is a true community hero."