Harpenden belongings developer is a hero after saving two lives in three days


Saving lives within just three days has ended in Matt Martin, 38, being shortlisted as a finalist in the annual St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards.

In December last year, Matt, a assets’ developer, enjoyed a Christmas lunch in a faraway usa pub with colleagues when he heard a diner calling for help. Upon leaving his table, he noticed an afflicted elderly lady who changed into choking on a bit of steak.

He advised the Herts Advertiser: “I ought to pay attention. Someone says they had been calling an ambulance, so I went over, and I could see the female; she changed into searching a chunk dead, and her eyes were glazing over.” After the woman, an elderly in her 90s, was helped to her feet; Matt supported her in his arms. He explained: “She wasn’t respiration, and they started getting heavier – her lips had been going blue.

“She was demise in my fingers. I kept her from in the back of, and that I should see that she turned to slip away, so I started doing abdominal thrusts. I did the Heimlich maneuver or three instances, and it dislodged the beef.” Matt admitted he became “worried” about doing the maneuver because the woman “became pretty frail.

Still, I knew from past revel that the ambulance wouldn’t get there quickly because the pub changed into a far-flung area.” He helped clean the lady’s mouth and located her inside the healing position, even waiting for the paramedics’ appearance.


According to St John Ambulance, given the time it might have taken for the ambulance to reach, “Matt certainly saved the woman’s life.” But, during the incident, there was little assistance from others inside the pub. Matt explained that simultaneously, as she changed into choking, “Nobody did anything; that amazed me – different tables nearby moved away. I was bowled over that. Nobody else got concerned.”

Then, just two days later, he becomes at a clay pigeon shoot in Gustard Wood with another institution of people, when element-manner via the occasion, a man was taken ill with a suspected heart assault. Matt said: “He turned into running at the clay pigeon capturing machine, while he said he wasn’t feeling very well. I became round and will see him searching grey. I notion he turned into having a coronary heart attack.”

He used abilties he had discovered at a St John Ambulance’ fundamental first useful resource’ route ultimate October – Matt is a first aider on the constructing company – to treat the man until paramedics arrived. The property developer added: “One of the other men there was a retained firefighter, so that was a joint attempt, supporting him.” Although he has lately been

shortlisted for a primary aid champion award at a right to be held on September 7 in London, Matt stated: “I don’t consider myself as a hero. I’m just so thrilled that the lot I had learned at the direction was fresh in my mind and that I could assist on both occasions. Surely, saving a person’s existence is certainly one of my proudest achievements.”