Breakdown patrol recognised for bravery

AA patrol risked his own life to save others

Breakdown patrol recognised for bravery

Edinburgh AA Patrol David Gibson risked his own life to save others earlier this year, when the driver of a van on the M9 motorway suffered a fit and lost control of his vehicle.

Edinburgh AA Patrol David Gibson risked his own life to save others earlier this year, when the driver of a van on the M9 motorway suffered a seizure and lost control of his vehicle.

David Gibson, 33, managed to bring the vehicle to a safe stop and assisted the driver while he called the emergency services. This selfless action earned him the AA Patrol Service Medal which recognises exceptional acts of personal initiative.

Quick thinking

The brave patrol from Edinburgh has been commended for averting a potentially major incident on the M9 in March after a driver suffered a serious seizure at the wheel.

On 7 March 2013, as he approached junction one of the M9 at Newbridge, David noticed a van in front of him slowing and moving erratically for no apparent reason.

He pulled alongside the van and saw the driver slumped at the wheel with blood coming from his mouth. With not only the driver but other road users at risk, David's subsequent actions to bring the vehicle safely to a stop earned him a commendation at the time from Lothian and Borders Police.

Bravery commended

In the police commendation, PC Steven McAlpine said: “AA patrol David Gibson stopped his AA truck on the hard shoulder before running after the driver's van, climbing aboard and steering it off the carriageway to a halt.

He placed his own life in danger in order to stop the driver’s van

PC Steven McAlpine

"While on the phone to the emergency services, the driver partly regained consciousness and attempted to exit his vehicle onto the motorway carriageway. Mr Gibson had to restrain the driver and try to reassure him while still speaking to the operator.

"He placed his own life in danger in order to stop the driver’s van and managed to remain calm throughout the incident. In our opinion he has averted a major incident on the motorway network."

David Gibson also received the AA Patrol Service Medal – which recognises exceptional acts of personal initiative by AA patrols – at a ceremony at the AA's national operational centre in Oldbury, West Midlands.

Steve Dewey, AA road operations director, says: "Certainly David was in the right place at the right time but his quick thinking and training came to the fore. He is a great ambassador for the company and we are delighted to present him with the rare and highly coveted Patrol Service Medal."

(16 September 2013)