Midhurst fire officer honoured for saving woman’s life

Assistant county fire officer Lee Neale with Nigel and Jenny Gamblen

Assistant county fire officer Lee Neale with Nigel and Jenny Gamblen

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Midhurst’s senior fire officer has been awarded the fire service’s highest honour for saving the life of a woman who suffered a stroke in the car park of a town supermarket.

Nigel Gamblen, station commander at Midhurst has received the County Fire Officer’s Certificate of Commendation for his actions after he heard a shout for help as he walked along Bepton Road with his wife, Jenny.

Panic-stricken David Laight, who is the manager of Kavanagh’s Budgens supermarket, had discovered a woman employee unconscious and not breathing in her car.

Mr Laight said: “What followed was nothing short of a miracle, and superb. I will thank God forever that Mr Gamblen and his wife happened along.”

The citation on the award says it is to commend the firefighter’s actions in rendering CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) to the 47-year-old woman.

It is signed by Max Hood, West Sussex’s chief fire officer.