A FORMER Wodonga councillor has been honoured by the city for saving the life of a man having a heart attack in a shopping centre.
Ross Coyle this week received Wodonga Council’s Eagle Award for community service in recognition of his CPR for a man in his 60s who collapsed at Wodonga Plaza with a heart attack in July.
“It’s just wonderful and in fact beautiful to think that people like you are in the community ready to respond,” former mayor Rodney Wangman told Mr Coyle in presenting the award.
“It’s humbling for me as my last act as a councillor to congratulate you.”
Mr Coyle said he had to think twice about accepting the award.
“I will admit to feeling rather embarrassed about it,” Mr Coyle said.
“It’s not something I did alone, it’s every person who had their hand on that man that day.
“I always feel I work as part of a team and not in isolation.”
Mr Coyle was involved as a councillor in establishing the Eagle Award in 2003.