Bus ticket to hero status for school lifesaver Eddie

TICKET TO RIDE HIGH -- Hucknall hero Eddie Heath (centre) at the bus-naming ceremony. He is pictured with Callum Massey, the schoolboy whose life he helped to save, and Alex Hornby, of Trent Barton, and bus-driver Gary Anthony -- DISPIC NHUD12-0992-2.
TICKET TO RIDE HIGH -- Hucknall hero Eddie Heath (centre) at the bus-naming ceremony. He is pictured with Callum Massey, the schoolboy whose life he helped to save, and Alex Hornby, of Trent Barton, and bus-driver Gary Anthony -- DISPIC NHUD12-0992-2.

A SCHOOL caretaker who helped to save the life of a dying teenage pupil is the latest ‘Hucknall Hero’ to have a bus named after him.

Eddie Heath (34) rushed to 13-year-old Callum Massey, who collapsed after an assault involving another boy at the National Church of England Academy on Annesley Road in Hucknall last September.

Dad-of-two Eddie gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart massage — backed up by other staff — until paramedics arrived.

It later emerged that Callum had collapsed and stopped breathing as the result of an undiagnosed heart-condition.

Ex-National pupil Eddie and teaching assistant Paul Mullins, who liaised with the emergency services, were later presented with a Good Samaritan Award by the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

Paramedics said Callum would have died if it hadn’t been for Eddie. His actions were exclusively revealed in a front-page splash in the Dispatch.

Now Eddie, who learned his lifesaving skills as part of a programme put in place by the school, has received another honour after Trent Barton named one of the firm’s Connect buses after him.

The initiative is part of the firm’s ‘Hucknall Heroes’ initiative. Already one of its buses has been named after former Hucknall soldier Lance-Corporal Paul Sandford, who died on the front line in Afghanistan in 2007 at the age of 23.

A special ceremony was held at National Academy on Tuesday to officially name the bus after Eddie. Friends, family and pupils were all on hand.

He said “I don’t really see myself as a hero. I was really surprised when I heard a bus was going to be named after me, particularly as one has already been named after someone I consider to be a real hero.

“Although it’s nice that people think that I deserve this honour, the biggest reward for me is seeing young Callum back at school.”

The ‘Hucknall Heroes’ scheme was launched when the Connect service returned to Hucknall. It had been slashed but was reinstated after a campaign by passengers.

Residents can nominate celebrated locals to become a Trent Barton ‘Hucknall Hero’. A third and final bus will be named after a renowned Hucknallite in the coming months.