Spike victim's emotional meeting with saviours

Published date: 17 April 2014 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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A MAN on the road to an incredible recovery after being impaled on a spike has paid thanks to the crew  who helped save his life.

Marlon Poole from Shotton suffered horrific injuries after a railing spike pierced through his throat, face and into his skull in an incident at Gwersyllt train station in Wrexham.

Mr Poole, 38, has been told he will not regain sight in his left eye but is remaining positive in the face of adversity since the accident in the early hours of February 22.

Yesterday Mr Poole, a dispatch chargehand at Tata Steelworks in Deeside, visited firefighters from Wrexham Fire Station who cut him free from the railings to express his gratitude for their efforts.

“I wanted the chance to come and say thanks to the crew who saved my life,” he said.
“If it was not for these guys doing their job, I’d not be here today – so I’d say it was a job well done.
“I came down this morning and we sat down and had a cup of tea. The firefighters were saying they were so shocked and surprised to see me up on my feet so soon after the accident. They seemed really appreciative I was able to pop down to see them. I certainly appreciate all their efforts.
“I really enjoyed meeting them.
“It’s been a really good day and a great experience to meet the fire crew.”

Mr Poole, who is originally from Summerhill, Wrexham, had attended a special event at the Crown Inn in Summerhill in the hours leading up to the incident at the station.
Having been treated at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, he was later transferred to a specialist head trauma unit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent.

North Wales Fire and Rescue’s Tim Owen, manager of the Red Watch in Wrexham, said the crew fully appreciated Mr Poole taking time out to visit them.
He said: “We really appreciate Marlon coming to the station to thank the crew who attended the rescue.
“We attend a range of incidents, and are committed to preventing incidents, protecting our communities and responding in times of need. We’d all like to wish Marlon a speedy recovery.”

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