Jul 5 2011 By Dan Coombs
Off-duty fire-fighter Keith Walsh saved the life of a man who suffered a heart attack in the Chimes shopping centre in Uxbridge
AN off-duty fireman who helped save the life of a shopper suffering a heart attack is to be honoured with a bravery award.
Keith Walsh, a firefighter based at Heathrow station, leapt into lifesaving action while shopping at The Chimes in Uxbridge High Street last August. Now almost a year on, he is being recognised with the Chief Constable's Commendation for Bravery.
Now based in Langley, Berks, Mr Walsh grew up in Hayes, and is often called to the borough for his firefighting duties.
Describing last August's incident, he said: "I was shopping with the missus, walking through Boots, when we saw a man lying on the floor by the tills. His body was gasping for air, I ran over and I started to check if he had a pulse, and gave him CPR.
"The paramedics arrived and helped link him up to a defibrillator and asked me to help them prepare it. When you get first aid training at the Fire Brigade they do tell you that you are more likely to use it off duty than on the job and they were right in this case.
"I understand the gentleman has largely recovered which is nice to know."