Fireman saved man’s life at football match

PUBLISHED: 13:12 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:12 16 June 2015

Ryland Culling

Ryland Culling


Welling firefighter has been nominated for award

A fireman from Welling who saved a man’s life during a football match has been shortlisted for an award.

Ryland Culling, 32, leaped over the seats to perform CPR on Malcolm Thorogood, 64, after he suffered a heart attack during a game at Charlton Athletic’s The Valley stadium last year.

He has now been shortlisted in the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards.

Mr Thorogood was in a coma for seven weeks and doctors said he would have died had it not been for Mr Culling.

Mr Thorogood, who has since met Mr Culling, said: “He saved my life and I’ll always be grateful to him.

“It was very emotional meeting him, and I’m so pleased to hear he’s been recognised in this way.”

Mr Culling is based at Old Kent Road fire station and has learned first aid as part of his firefighter training.

But it’s not the first time he’s saved a life – in a previous job at a gym he used a defibrillator to restart the heart of a young man who had collapsed.

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 1 at the Lancaster London hotel and will be hosted by Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher.

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