Train driver who tried to save woman's life at Ely station wins recognition at national awards for being 'supportive force' for colleagues

PUBLISHED: 15:20 10 December 2018

Award winner: (L-R): Steve McLaren, managing director of Fenix Rail Systems, and Jason Brooks, train driver for Greater Anglia. In February, after pulling the Liverpool Street-King's Lynn service into Ely station, Jason was forced to leap into action to perform CPR on a passenger who had collapsed.
Picture: GREATER ANGLIA

Award winner: (L-R): Steve McLaren, managing director of Fenix Rail Systems, and Jason Brooks, train driver for Greater Anglia. In February, after pulling the Liverpool Street-King's Lynn service into Ely station, Jason was forced to leap into action to perform CPR on a passenger who had collapsed. Picture: GREATER ANGLIA

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Greater Anglia train driver Jason Brooks who leapt into action to perform CPR on a passenger who had collapsed at Ely station has won recognition at a national awards ceremony.

Mr Brooks has been named Train Driver of the Year at the RailStaff awards, the country’s only awards ceremony for those who work on the railway.

Nominating him for the award, colleagues described Jason as an “ultimate professional”. They said he remained calm, collected and a supportive force for fellow staff when the incident ended in tragedy.

In February, after pulling the Liverpool Street-King’s Lynn service into Ely station, his quick thinking prompted him to come to the recue of the passenger.

After asking for the carriages to be detrained, he continued to perform CPR and mouth-to-mouth and also used a defibrillator.

An ambulance was called but, unfortunately, by the time it arrived, the passenger had passed away.

A RailStaff spokesman said: “Many of the platform staff on duty that night were relatively inexperienced in the role but Jason remained calm throughout and took complete control of the situation”

Mr Brook said: “At the end of the day it was a team effort. I might have been the person pressing down on the chest but there were other people there doing equally as important job, whether it be clearing the carriage or just making phone calls.

“The outcome wasn’t what we all wanted and that’s what I find difficult.”

The Train Driver of the Year Award was sponsored by Fenix Rail Systems, which provides a range of professional services for signalling projects.

Steve McLaren, managing director of Fenix Rail Systems, said: “All of the nominees had incredible reasons to be awarded this prize.

“I think in a lot of cases, maybe not in rail, but in the high street, a lot of people avoid doing what Jason did. He’ll probably say it was the natural thing to do but a lot of people don’t. I think it’s a credit that Jason is that kind of person.

“It’s difficult circumstances for Jason but this is recognition, not only for him, but for lots of other people who do the same job and colleagues as well.”

The RailStaff Awards, now in their 12th year, was held at Birmingham’s NEC to celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams who work in the rail sector.

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