Life-saving defibrillator, stolen from paramedics, returned by Good Samaritan who found it dumped on the road

A life-saving defibrillator, which was stolen from the ambulance service as paramedics attended an incident, has been returned.

The ‘vital’ piece of equipment was taken from the scene of an incident on Union Street West, in Oldham , in the first hour of 2022.

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) asked for its safe return, warning that it could be lethal in the wrong hands.

The ambulance service has now reported that the defibrillator was returned by a Good Samaritan on Sunday (January 2).

“Thanks to the power of social media, our defibrillator is returned,” the service tweeted.

Mr Fiaz, from Oldham, spotted the equipment by the roadside yesterday evening and immediately recognised it.

“When I saw it, I knew it was the one being talked about on social media and so I took it home for safekeeping and then immediately contacted the ambulance service,” he said.

“One of my family members was taken ill not so long ago and the ambulance crew used one of these machines and so I knew how important it was.

“I’m glad it has been safely found and that I was able to help.”

NWAS said they are ‘delighted’ and the defibrillator has been safely returned and is now “back in service saving lives”.

They said: “Thanks to the power of social media, the vital piece of medical equipment was collected from Mr Fiaz from Oldham yesterday evening.

“Mr Fiaz spotted the defibrillator by the roadside a mile away from where it disappeared, and immediately recognised it and contacted the trust to arrange its safe return.”

The trust received offers of donations to replace the unit by kind-hearted members of the public following the theft.

Operations Manager for Tameside and Glossop, Oliver Mayor said: “We are very grateful to Mr Fiaz for his vigilance and the safe return of the defibrillator which is in full working order and back on the road in one of our ambulances.

“I went to see him yesterday evening to collect it and thanked him personally for his help.

“We were overwhelmed with messages of support and offers to help from the public and are delighted to have it back with us.”

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