Generous London Colney man buys equipment for emergency services

A GENEROUS man has donated �2,000 to buy life-saving medical equipment for paramedics and firefighters in memory of his late wife.

Jim Brace, 84, from London Colney, funded two defibrillators for St Albans Fire Station and the ambulance service after being so impressed with the way paramedics tried to save his wife Olive’s life when she died in November last year, just 11 weeks short of their diamond wedding anniversary.

The retired stage manager had already decided that he wanted to give something back when he read an article in the Herts Advertiser about St Albans firefighters appealing for funds to buy a defibrillator to use at any incidents where they arrived ahead of paramedics.

He thought it was the perfect opportunity and travelled to the station to hand over a �2,000 cheque, half of which was given to the ambulance service and collected at a recent presentation by the paramedics who arrived to help Mrs Brace.

Mr Brace said: “My wife and I were sitting talking and she suddenly collapsed. The paramedics arrived really quickly and used a defibrillator to resuscitate her. They took her to hospital, where sadly she passed away.

“But I was so impressed with their professionalism and the way they treated my wife I wanted to donate this money in recognition of their efforts.

“I spoke to my nephew, who is a fire station commander in London, about donating the equipment and he agreed it was a good idea. St Albans is my local fire station and I wanted to leave a lasting legacy to my wife which would also help others in the future.”

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St Albans Station Commander Tony Morrison said: “We are very grateful for the donation from Mr Brace. All firefighters are trained in first aid and so it is great to have this piece of additional equipment on the appliances. We would like to thank him for his generosity.”