Praise for Luton runner who helped man lying in street after footage shared online

A runner who stopped to help a man found collapsed on a Luton street has won praise after footage of the incident was shared online.
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The Good Samaritan, who wishes to remain anonymous, was with his running club on Leagrave Road on Sunday when he came across the man lying in the street.

Footage shows the runner first on the scene and calling an ambulance, as a group of passers-by gathers around the man.

A friend of the runner said: "No matter what anyone's situation is, you should always do what you can to help.

A screenshot of the footageA screenshot of the footage
A screenshot of the footage

"He was on his evening run with the Running Fit Club before he opened his fast when he came across a member of the public who had collapsed and hit their head on the pavement and suffered a serious injury.

"He was advised by 999 not to administer the recovery position and just try to talk to the individual.

"We need more people like this.

"It was rather sickening the attitude of some of the public, who thought that the man should be disregarded due to maybe being intoxicated.

"Before doing something, you should always asking yourself what would Jesus do."

The video has been shared across social media and has received thousands of likes, as well as praise for the Good Samaritan.

One woman posted on Facebook: "Good on you for helping. It costs nothing to be aware of our surroundings and people surround us so we can help out.

"Not all medical emergencies involves loud screaming or yelps of pain. Most of the time they’re silent, like strokes and heart attacks."

Another person added: "Well done to those men who helped, shame on the people who just walked or drove past him."

It is understood that the unwell man is making a recovery after he was taken to hospital.

The runner and his friend are both proud members of the Running Fit Club, which encourages responsible outdoor exercise during the lockdown. To get involved, email [email protected] or check their upcoming website www.therunningfitclub.com.

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