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Bromley firefighters shock collapsed Salvation Army major back to life

PUBLISHED: 15:27 18 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:33 18 December 2012

Cllr Tim Stevens, Mr Gowler, crew manager Mark Digby, Mrs Gowler and James Cleverly pictured with station manager Terry Gooding and firefighters from Blue Watch.

Cllr Tim Stevens, Mr Gowler, crew manager Mark Digby, Mrs Gowler and James Cleverly pictured with station manager Terry Gooding and firefighters from Blue Watch.

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A Salvation Army major lived to enjoy his wedding anniversary thanks to quick- thinking firefighters who shocked his heart back into action after he collapsed outside Bromley Fire Station.

Stephen Gowler collapsed while passing the station in South Street when Blue Watch jumped into action – using a defibrillator to revive him.

London Assembly member James Cleverly and Safer Bromley Partnership chairman Cllr Tim Stevens presented the firefighters with a certificate at a ceremony at the Civic Centre.

Mr Gowler attended with his wife, giving a tearful speech.

Mr Cleverly said: “What I prize in the fire service is your flexibility and commitment and you demonstrated this hugely by the way in which reacted so quickly in coming to the rescue of Mr Gowler.”

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