Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF Fri-Yay/Good News

Today’s Good News was submitted by dear friend Harmony Kent from the UK. She thought we would all enjoy it and sent it on. I have reproduced it here in its entirety. (Left the British English alone.) Thank you, Harmony.

Leeds: M62 motorist brings sick driver’s car safely to a stop

A car whose driver had fallen seriously ill while at the wheel on a motorway was brought to a halt by a quick-witted motorist who had realised his plight.

John Barlow said he spotted the Audi going slowly in the outside lane of the M62 near Leeds on Saturday. The driver was slumped with a bloodied face.

Mr. Barlow managed to get his car ahead of the Audi and eased it to a stop before getting out to help the man.

It emerged the driver had suffered a seizure but was well enough to go home.

Mr. Barlow, 59, from Middleton in Greater Manchester, said he first noticed the Audi travelling slower and slower and he pulled alongside to see the driver.

“He looked dead at the wheel. I could see his lips were blue, and he had blood trickling down his face,” Mr. Barlow said.

He pulled into the lane ahead of the Audi, which was travelling at about 30mph (48km/h), before taking his foot off the accelerator and bringing both cars to a stop.

John BarlowIMAGE SOURCE, PA MEDIA
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John Barlow used his car to stop the vehicle after he spotted the driver was seriously ill.

The incident happened at about 15:15 BST on Saturday (September 3) on the M62 eastbound carriageway between junctions 29 and 30, a West Yorkshire Police spokesperson confirmed.

Officers said a man in his 70s had fallen ill, and Mr. Barlow’s actions to stop the car had prevented a “potential serious collision.”

Two cars stopped bumper to bumperIMAGE SOURCE, JOHN BARLOW
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Mr. Barlow pulled in ahead of the ill man’s vehicle and helped ease it to a stop.

After the Audi was stopped, another man helped Mr. Barlow break into the vehicle.

He opened the seriously ill driver’s airway by tilting his jaw backwards, at which point the Audi driver took in a gasp of air.

Other drivers also stopped at the scene, bringing the four-lane carriageway to a halt.

A physio and an off-duty police officer took over the first aid until paramedics arrived.

Meanwhile, a doctor on the opposite carriageway of the M62 travelled to the next junction, turned round, and battled through the backed-up traffic to get to work with a defibrillator.

Mr. Barlow said: “Everyone was amazing, it was a real team effort. They got the man on the floor, then the doctor jumped in as well.”

Cars stopped on the M62IMAGE SOURCE, JOHN BARLOW
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Motorists stopped to help the seriously ill driver, who had suffered a seizure at the wheel.

Mr. Barlow had been travelling to Pontefract with his wife Kirsty and son Joey, 7, to pick up a new kitten at the time of the incident.

The next day, he received a call from West Yorkshire Police thanking him, and he was told the driver had suffered a seizure but was well enough to go home.

He said he hoped to meet the man he saved in the future, adding: “I’d shake his hand and give him a hug.”

The good news here is someone cared enough to save a life. Today’s JohnKu talks about caring. I hope you all have a delightful weekend.

Caring by John W. Howell Β© 2022

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A life saved is too.

95 comments

  1. Dear John,
    thanks for sharing this amazing story.
    Wishing you a great weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, all. Have a terrific weekend as well. 😁

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  2. Jane Sturgeon · ·

    ❀ An earth angel. Xx

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    1. For sure. Thank you, Jane.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael.

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  3. This is really amazing. It’s good that there are people who don’t just look at their rev counter. Thanks for sharing, John! Enjoy a good weekend! xx Michael

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    1. Yes he did a great job averting disaster.

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  4. What a beautiful story. Mr. Barlow’s quick thinking and calm actions saved more than that man that day. Thank you for sharing,
    Happy Friday to you!

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    1. Happy Friday to you , Dale. Thanks for the terrific comment.

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      1. Thank you!

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    1. Good word, Annette. Thanks.

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  5. A wonderful Good Samaritan story. Without Mr. Barlow’s actions, a lot of people could have gotten hurt. (I hope they still got their new kitten.)

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    1. Thank you, Joan. It would have been good for the reporter to give us the information about the kitten. Let’s assume they did. 😁

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    1. It is, Charles. Thank you.

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  6. What amazing feats can be accomplished when we think of others and do the right thing!

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    1. So true, GP. Thanks.

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  7. What a wonderful good news story! In addition to compassionate, Barlow was very level-headed, quick-thinking, and a skillful driver.

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    1. I was amazed he could stop the car without it crashing. 😳

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  8. With all of the violence in our society, stories like this must be shared. Thanks Harmony and John!

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    1. I agree, Jill. Thank you.

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  9. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    What a wonderful story! Thank you, John and Harmony. Most people are good at heart, and reading a story such as this, affirms that goodness in each of us. ❀️

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    1. Thank you , Gwen. We have to hope so when it comes to goodness. 😊

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  10. I love these Fri-Yay posts. Thanks for the smile, John (and Harmony). Great way to start the weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Staci. Yes, it was all Harmony on the story. 😁

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  11. Thanks for sharing this fantastic story, John. This good-news story moved me so deeply when I read it. I love your JohnKu, which is so beautiful and on-point. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs πŸ’•πŸ™‚

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    1. Have a wonderful weekend as well, Harmony. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us all. ❀️

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  12. God bless the angels among us.

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    1. For sure, Noelle. Thank you. 😊

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  13. What a wonderful story, John. Keen eyes and quick thinking.

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    1. Two good things to have for saving lives. Thanks, Dan

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  14. In the age of road rage and drivers that behave as if they’re playing GTA , how refreshing to hear a story that actually SAVED a life.
    Nice one Boss.

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    1. Thank you, Marc. I thought it was a good one too. 😁

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      1. Beautiful story.

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  15. Great story, John. Quick thinking, courage, and most importantly, he cared enough to make that happen. It all starts with caring for others.

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    1. I think you are so right, Bruce. One has to care to act. Thanks for that point. 😊

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  16. Even in the Asshole Era, there ARE good people, doing good things. Thanks for sharing, John. πŸ™‚

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    1. I agree, Tim. Thanks. 😊

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  17. Wow! So lucky that the other driver noticed.

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    1. Yes indeed. Hello stranger.

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  18. A great news story that reminds us that people care about each other.

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    1. And hopefully would inspire more caring. Thank you, Rebecca.

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  19. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Love this story and the quick thinking that saved lives.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. 😁

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  20. What a wonderful story! This could have been a tragic situation if not for that Good Samaritan.

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    1. Yes, it could. Thanks, Teri.

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  21. Good news, indeed — thanks for sharing it, John. Must’ve been pretty scary as it unfolded though.

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    1. I’ll bet it was scary. How do you slow down a car? Wow. Thanks, Debbie.

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  22. It seems the highway was full of Good Samaritans! I hope that kitty got picked up eventually. TGIF, John!

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    1. I do too, Jo. Have a great weekend.

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  23. What a wonderful story shared from Harmony! There are good people everywhere who won’t hesitate to lend a helping hand. Thank you, John! You help us keep faith in humanity!

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    1. We should have faith even if it gets challenged once in a while. Thank you, Jan

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  24. What a great story, John. That’s one aware and quick-thinking driver. I’m glad everyone was okay in the end. πŸ˜€

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    1. Yes.I’m glad they were all okay. Thanks, Diana.

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  25. Yet further proof that good people do still exist! Thanks, John!

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    1. They do for sure outside of Washington.

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  26. We need more good news like this. When we love our neighbor like ourself, this is the kind of circumstances that result. Fantastic post, John (and thanks to Harmony for sharing it with you).

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    1. Yes she is da er um da princess

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  27. petespringerauthor · ·

    What a quick-thinking maneuver. This situation could very easily have turned out tragic.

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    1. I’m still unclear as to how he got the car stopped. Glad he did though.

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  28. I love stories like this. Faith in humanity restored. Thanks for sharing, John. Have a fabulous weekend❣️

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    1. Have a fabulous weekend too, Vashti. Thank you.

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      1. Thank you❣️

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  29. These are the stories we need to share, because we care.

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    1. Sharing is as sharing does. Thanks, Pamela.

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  30. A wonderful share John. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl.

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  31. That is just a wonderful story. I’d like to think I’d do something similar, but my bumper would likely go through his windshield. They probably don’t have many pickups over there.

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    1. Yeah that would be a problem. 🀣

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  32. That’s a great story for any day of the week … including Saturday. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Frank. It is.

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  33. It’s so great to have this once a week positive report.

    “There’s 8 million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.”
    Thank you, John, for being a naked city.!
    The JohnKu is right on!

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    1. Always happy to be a naked city. 😁 Thank you, Resa. Hmmm I could even be a naked block or house or……

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      1. … or just be naked. Bring back streaking!!!!!!!!xx

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      2. Sounds fun but might frighten the neighbors. 🀣

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      3. LOL
        When I was in my early 20’s I was into naked yoga. I could really manipulate my lithe young body.
        I went to stay with my sister and her husband for a couple weeks family vaycay. Unbeknownst to all, I went out onto the front lawn and did my naked yoga.
        My brother-in-law was fielding calls from all the husbands in the hood. No one was angry… quite the opposite.
        He didn’t want to break my bubble, so he never told me until about 8 years ago.
        Lol! At least Idid what I wanted!!! OXOXOX

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      4. What a great story, Resa. I get the feeling you always do what you want so it turned out okay for sure. Thanks for sharing. πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚

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  34. A great story. Thank you, John.

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  35. Gosh, so nice of that man to help! And the doctor turning around to come to the scene also. Aside from this article being incredibly poorly written, it’s a great story. Glad it was shared with you. Thanks, John. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thats why I say I’m sharing it in it’s entirety. I don’t feel it is my place to correct journalistic laziness.

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      1. Yes, and to be sure people know you don’t write so poorly. Which, of course, you do not. πŸ™‚

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  36. FriYay! Wow, what a hero! πŸ™‚

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    1. I would say so too, Debby. 😁

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