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“Thank you” to staff who helped when local man suffered cardiac arrest in Ballymena

Sainsburys store, Ballymena.

A local woman has paid tribute to staff in Sainsbury's who rushed to help when her father took seriously ill at the Ballymena store last week.

Kim was visiting the store last Wednesday with her father William (Willie) Craig, when he suffered a cardiac arrest and lost consciousness in the car park.

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service dispatched two ambulances and an ambulance officer to the scene just before 12.45pm on Wednesday afternoon where they provided initial treatment to William before being taken to Antrim Area Hospital.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of medical staff, the well-known local man from the Granville Drive area of the town, passed away in the Emergency Department.

The late William Craig of Granville Drive, Ballymena.

William was laid to rest on Saturday past, April 22, at Cushendall Road Cemetery.

Speaking to Love Ballymena this week, daughter Kim said:

"I would like to express my appreciation to the staff in Sainsbury's Ballymena for the help they kindly gave last week when my father went into cardiac arrest and lost consciousness in my car in the car park.

"The staff quickly responded, and were very supportive and comforting in the situation.

"I especially want to say thank you to Shelly who dealt with the 999 operator. Thank you".

William Craig was the much loved father of Mervyn, Kim and Sarah and devoted grandfather of Mark, Lucy, Tori-Lee, Callum and great grandfather of Caia.


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