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

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.