“Clinton saved my husband’s life” - Off-duty firefighter runs to family member’s aid during St Patrick’s Day parade
PUBLISHED: 11:22 27 March 2017
His cousin’s husband fell ill at the start of the parade
A serving firefighter rushed to the aid of a family member who fell ill in London this month.
Beckenham and Biggin Hill Station manager Clinton Walsh was lining up at the start of London’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, when his cousin’s husband said he felt unwell.
Mr McLoughlin, who had travelled from Ireland for the weekend, went to sit down but soon had stopped breathing.
Mr Walsh explained what happened: “I was at the beginning of the parade getting ready to go with my colleagues and family members when my cousin’s husband said that he felt unwell.
“The next thing I remember is hearing my name being called and I saw Patrick sitting on a wall, he was gasping and his eyes were rolling back in his head.
“He had stopped breathing, so I immediately started doing CPR and then had to move him off of the wall he was sitting on to carry on working on him.
“I had my arms around his chest and he then started breathing again but he had no idea what was going on. He had been unconscious and not breathing for a couple of minutes.”
Serving firefighters are joined by family members and retired London Fire Brigade members for the annual parade in central London.
The station manager stayed with his cousin-in-law until paramedics arrived and he was taken to hospital.
Mr McLoughlin was discharged the same day and is now recovering at home.
“Clinton saved my husband’s life and I cannot thank him enough for what he did,” said Margaret McLoughlin, the firefighter’s cousin.
“Clinton was so calm while he was working on Patrick and he handled the whole situation so well.
“Patrick is so grateful to Clinton for what he did. I think the only thing he remembers from that is coming to and Clinton being there and the first person he saw.
“Thankfully we were in the right place at the right time. If we had been anywhere else and Clinton hadn’t been there, I don’t know what would have happened.”