The family of a man who died unexpectedly from a heart attack at his local tip have installed a defibrillator at the site where he died.
Eddie Tipper was getting rid of garden waste at Cheadle’s recycling centre in September, 2014 when the tragedy struck.
The 62-year-old, who lived in Cheadle, was pronounced dead at the site despite the best efforts of staff and paramedics to keep him alive.
Now Eddie’s family have raised almost £2,000 to install the defibrillator which has been unveiled at a ceremony this week.
The JCB worker’s life would not have been saved by a defibrillator – but his family hope the equipment will stop other families going through the same anguish as them.
Daughter Beth Flashman, aged 33, from Cheadle, said: “He had cut my grandparents’ hedge and was taking the rubbish to the tip. It happened tragically, he was here one minute and then no longer with us the next. It’s still very raw.
“We received quite a lot of money from the funeral which was surprising, and then my mum and sister both had significant birthdays and we asked for donations instead of gifts.
“We decided we wanted to do something useful so we had a donations’ box and asked everybody coming to the parties to donate in memory of my dad.
“West Midlands Ambulance Service has been fantastic and really helped us to secure the defibrillator.
“We’d rather not have the defibrillator and have my dad here instead but we’re proud that we’ve been able to do something that could save someone else. It will stop someone else going through what we’ve been through and I think my dad would be proud.”
The New Haden Road tip is managed by FCC Environment on behalf of Staffordshire County Council.
FCC Environment contract manager Liam Bould said: “We are immensely grateful to the Tipper family for this extremely generous donation. We are proud to have been able to work with the family in this way to honour Mr Tipper’s life.”