Falkirk dad thanks tutor who came to his rescue

Ally and two-year-old daughter Sophie visit Richy at Forth Valley College to thank him for helping the dad after he was knocked off his bike
Ally and two-year-old daughter Sophie visit Richy at Forth Valley College to thank him for helping the dad after he was knocked off his bike

The victim of a cycling accident has thanked the man who went the extra mile to help him as he lay injured on a busy road.

Ally Mitchell (36), from Falkirk, was knocked off his bike close to his work at the Falkirk Stadium in October.

Forth Valley College first aid trainer Richy Todd came to the rescue after spotting Ally lying on the road.

Richy’s life-saving instincts immediately kicked in and he pulled his car in to shield Ally from other passing vehicles before moving his bike onto the pavement. He then covered him with a blanket and sat and reassured him until an ambulance arrived.

Father-of-two Ally, who cycles the five miles to work every day, tracked Richy down and paid him a visit to thank him with his two-year-old daughter Sophie.

The grateful dad said: “I was sore from head to toe and was bruised all down my side. I am a first aider myself and I knew Richy knew what he was doing. He made sure I was safe and then made me comfortable with a blanket and reassured me by talking to me and waited until the ambulance came.

“I remembered he said he worked at the college and when I was in better shape I made a point of trying to track him down to thank him for his help. He has certainly given me back a bit of confidence and backed up what I have learned as a first aider.

Richy said: “I did not know what the extent of his injuries were, so I made sure he was okay and waited and talked to him till the paramedics arrived. I’m glad Ally’s okay now.”