WHEN his chauffeur collapsed Portsmouth’s Lord Mayor leapt into action – inspired by movie hard man Vinnie Jones and the Bee Gees.
Cllr Frank Jonas was on only his second day in the job when his new chauffeur was suddenly taken ill in Portsmouth Guildhall.
He remembered a TV advert featuring the ex-footballer urging people to give chest compressions in time to disco classic Stayin’ Alive and got to work.
With able assistance from his old chauffeur, Cllr Jonas started using CPR demonstrated in the British Heart Foundation advert.
He said: ‘It was my second day as Lord Mayor, but the first day I actually went into the office.
‘I had only just come in and sat down and my old chauffeur Robin was showing the new chap the silverware, it really was his first day in the job.
‘Then suddenly he collapsed, so a doctor was called for and then an ambulance.
‘Robin was trying to get him to open his eyes and talking to him. He was starting to look a bit off colour so I started giving him the old CPR.
‘And after a while there was a bit of movement and you could see him breathing and then he came to.
‘Robin was absolutely brilliant and it was quite a bit of a shock and it all happened so quickly.’
The man, who has not yet been named, was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, and is now believed to be recuperating at home.
Cllr Jonas added: ‘I don’t want any hero stuff, I don’t feel like that at all.
‘Robin was the brilliant one, I was completely clueless.
‘I just remembered that Vinnie Jones Stayin’ Alive advert and that’s what I followed.
‘I was worried afterwards that I could have crushed his ribs.’
The British Heart Foundation’s film featuring Jones has received more than 2m hits on YouTube since its launch in January.
Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘The Lord Mayor’s quick thinking is another example of how a life can be saved by carrying out prompt CPR.
‘The aim of our campaign featuring Vinnie Jones was to give people, who may not have had first aid training, the confidence to do hands-only CPR, where necessary, to save lives.’