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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Commendation awarded for potentially life-saving actions

29/04/2016

L-R Matt Owen, Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant, Amy Hill West Midlands Ambulance Service and members of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

A Staffordshire firefighter whose actions potentially saved a man’s life has received a certificate of commendation from the Service.

“His actions undoubtedly helped to save this gentleman’s life and deserve to be recognised.”

Station Manager, Neil Pederson

On September 26, 2015 Firefighter Matthew Owens, whilst attending a music event in Blackpool, went to the aid of a man who had received multiple stabs wounds.

He administered first aid to the casualty and began chest compressions when the casualty’s pulse stopped, continuing these until the paramedics arrived. This was delayed due to reports of men with knives in the area.

Mr Owens was honoured for his bravery during an event at Cannock Community Fire Station last night (Thurs).

Station Manager Neil Pederson said: “Mr Owens’ selflessness in giving assistance showed courage and presence of mind especially when there were still men with knives in the area.

“His actions undoubtedly helped to save this gentleman’s life and deserve to be recognised.” 

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999.  You can also book online at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.

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