St John Ambulance volunteers save football fan's life

Members on duty at a football match

St John Ambulance volunteers saved the life of a Scunthorpe United supporter on Saturday 5 May.

Eric Frow, aged 71 and a life-long Scunthorpe fan, collapsed during the League One home game against Carlisle. St John Ambulance volunteers were called to assist Eric, and quickly diagnosed that Eric was in cardiac arrest.

St John Ambulance volunteers Michelle and Christian Long, Andrew Wilson and Jade Parkin, kept Eric’s airway open and delivered a shock with the on-site defibrillator. The second shock was successful, allowing Eric to be moved to the medical room and subsequently transported to Scunthorpe General Hospital by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

I just can’t thank St John Ambulance and the Paramedics enough for all they have done. My father was extremely lucky that everyone was able to act so swiftly to save his life

Sarah Reid
Daughter of heart attack victim

Eric is now recovering and from his bedside, his daughter, Sarah Reid said, 'I just can’t thank St John Ambulance and the Paramedics enough for all they have done.  My father was extremely lucky that everyone was able to act so swiftly to save his life'.

Major Steven Turner, Commander of St John Ambulance Humberside, today said: ‘I am extremely proud of the way our members reacted to this incident which is a reflection on their training and commitment and proves that first aid training can and does make a difference.’