Fan who had heart attack at Charlton match saved by off-duty firefighters
A Charlton Athletic supporter who suffered a heart attack at a Championship match was saved thanks to the actions of two off-duty firefighters.
John Lawrence, 70, collapsed in the toilets of the ground following last Saturday's match at The Valley against Leicester City.
Watch manager Clinton Walsh, from Millwall Fire Station, and his colleague Steve Nolan (pictured above with John), from Old Kent Road Fire Station, were working as stewards inside the ground.
On hearing of the incident they sprung into action and performed CPR on the fan.
Clinton (pictured below) said: "After the game, we were standing by the players' tunnel, when we received a message to go to the male toilets, as a person had collapsed - that's all the initial information we were given."
There they saw John lying on his back and unresponsive.
"That's when our training came into force and I began to check his pulse, listen for breaths and listen to his chest for signs of life," said Clinton.
"Steve was continuously trying to get a response, it was obvious that the person had no pulse or visible signs of life. He then took a gasp for breath, so we then started to administer CPR."
The duo asked for a defibrillator from the club's medical room and carried on with CPR until a doctor and paramedics arrived at the scene.
By then John had begun to respond to treatment and was breathing unaided.
"During this time, I kept reassuring John that he was in safe hands," said Clinton.
"Just before he was being taken away by the paramedics, he started gaining consciousness and became aware of his surroundings.
"As I had control of his head I continued to talk to him to ensure he stayed alert.
"Both Steve and I have since visited John in hospital, as he requested to see us to thank us for saving his life. His family were also extremely grateful to us."
The club's doctor congratulated the firefighters on their work and a representative from Charlton called the pair to say the chairman wanted to pass on his thanks.