Quick-thinking Thaxted firefighters praised for helping woman suffering from heart attack

Defibrillator box. Picture: Steve Williams.

Defibrillator box. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Thaxted’s fire crew have been praised for their heroic actions when they helped save a woman’s life during their fire station open day on Saturday, May 30.

The event was taking place outside The Star public house in Watling Street, Thaxted, when a passer by alerted them to a woman in distress.

Matt Goullee, a member of the fire crew, said: “A lady had a heart attack at the top of the road. Because of where we were parked a passerby saw us and we were able to help.

“We carry a defibrillator so we used that and carried out CPR. The ambulance crew said that, without a doubt, without that defibrillation she wouldn’t have made it.”

An ambulance, response car and the Essex Air Ambulance were called to the scene and the woman was airlifted to Basildon University Hospital.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) said: “We would like to thank our colleagues at the fire service for everything they did for the patient before our arrival as their actions gave the patient the best possible chance of survival.”

The woman was taken off of ventilation on Monday morning (June 1) and remains in hospital where staff have said she appears to be doing well.