Published 20 February 2020

Two Council employees have been hailed as heroes after they saved a man's life on their walk to work.

John Ross, 39, and Ross MacKenzie, were walking along Crosslet Road in Dumbarton when they spotted dog walker Malcolm MacFarlane collapsed on the ground and covered in blood.

The pair, who both work for the Council's Waste Services at Elm Road, rushed to his rescue, calling for help and cleaning his head wound.

The 67 year old was rushed to hospital where it was discovered he was suffering from a blood clot.

Malcolm, who has made a full recovery after the incident late last year, has since praised the two for saving his life.

John and Ross insist they just did what any person would have done in the situation.

John, who has worked for the Council for 16 years, said: "I see Malcolm most mornings out walking his dog. It's always about 6.30am so there aren't many other people about.

"It was still dark that morning, but up ahead I could see Malcolm's dog and it looked as though it was guarding something.  As I got closer, I saw that it was him, and he was lying on the ground, slumped against the fence and covered in blood. He'd obviously hurt himself when he fell. He was drifting in and out of consciousness and he didn’t know where he was.

"Ross arrived just after me and we kept him talking while we phoned for an ambulance. The operators were able to give us guidance on what to do, so we propped him up and cleaned him up a bit before the paramedics arrived.

"He was taken to hospital, and we later found out that he had actually been suffering from a blood clot which had travelled from his leg to his lung. If it had gotten any further, then it could have killed him.

"The road is really quiet at that time of the morning, and there’s a good chance he could have laid there until the school traffic started, which doesn’t bear thinking about."

Ross, 43, added: "People have said we are heroes and that we saved his life, but we just did what any human being would have done and tried to help.

"I’m just glad we were there to call for assistance and get him the treatment he deserved. Malcolm has called and thanked us for our help, but we are just both glad he has made a full recovery."


John Ross and Ross MacKenzie

After saving Malcolm's life, the heroic pair showed up for their shifts as normal.

Malcolm has since thanked the two, saying: "I’m really grateful that John and Ross came to my aid, I dread to think what might have happened if they hadn’t.

"Thanks to them I got the medical care and treatment I need quickly and I’m now fully recovered and back to normal."

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “John and Ross undoubtedly played a part in saving this resident’s life. This is another example of our employees going above and beyond and I want to commend them for their heroic actions.”