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URGENT APPEAL: Maidstone grandad wants to track down heroes who saved him

Tuesday 12th October 2021

A MAIDSTONE grandad has made a desperate plea to track down the heroes who helped him after he collapsed in town.

Robert Rowe, of Upper Road, was walking back from dropping his car off at the garage on August 2 when he fell backwards in High Street, near the old bridge.

The retired print finisher, 80, said two men and two women rushed over to offer help.

The dad of four, who was suffering from high blood pressure at the time of the incident, said: “One of the chaps called 999 but an ambulance could not be dispatched for another two hours.

“Then the other man, who was a taxi driver, said he could take me to the hospital. The woman was trained in first aid and came with me.”

Mr Rowe, who has lived in Maidstone his whole life, said he did not have time to catch their names and would like to say thank you.

He added: “Young people around here get quite a bad name but I wanted to highlight that there are some good ones out there and I hope this boosts them up a bit. I am very appreciative and grateful to them and would like to say a big thank you.

“In a way, I see it as a blessing in disguise that this happened to me.”

Mr Rowe lives alone after his wife of 54 years, Irene, passed away in August 2019 from lung disease and COPD.

If you think you can help Mr Rowe trace these local heroes then email