A heroic lorry driver is bound to see his oxygen rate soar when he carries the Olympic torch 300metres through the city of Sheffield ahead of the London Games.
According to a report by the Sunderland Echo, Asda lorry-driver David Lowther was selected for the honour a year after he persuaded a suicidal woman not to end her life.
Mr Lowther, from Ayton, Washington, and a colleague were in their truck when they spotted the woman climbing over a fence in attempt to throw herself in front of oncoming traffic near Darlington.
When the pair saw the lady, they pulled the truck to the side and raced to calm the woman down in time for emergency services to arrive on the scene.
The truck driver expressed his joy at being selected to carry the torch for Sheffield, where people nominated him for the prestigious task.
He told the newspaper: “It’s unreal. I’m really looking forward to it. I just can’t believe I’ve been given this chance.”
Portable oxygen is often beneficial to lorry drivers as it fights tiredness, headaches and stress.
Posted by Stewart Elliott
12/04/2012 17:12:20Subscribe to the News RSS feed