Dagenham firefighter scoops award after saving tourist’s life

PUBLISHED: 16:53 22 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:49 26 February 2019

Firefighter Ash Perham, 50, saved a woman's life after she collapsed on the street. Picture: LFB

Firefighter Ash Perham, 50, saved a woman's life after she collapsed on the street. Picture: LFB


A firefighter who saved a woman’s life while off duty has scooped an award.

Dagenham watch manager Ash Perham was going to work in Frizlands Lane when he saw people around a woman on the floor of West Ham station in November 2016.

Ash, 50, said: “I asked if everything was okay. A woman visiting from India had collapsed and as I tilted her head back she went into cardiac arrest.”

Quick-thinking Ash started resuscitation and continued to give the life-saving treatment after paramedics arrived. The lady was taken to the Royal London Hospital where she made a full recovery.

Father-of-two Ash was recommended for the Royal Humane Award by the British Transport Police (BTP), receiving the honour at Drapers’ Hall in the City.

He said: “I’m humbled to receive this award. In August, I will retire after 30 years’ service and this is a fitting end to my career.

“The most important thing is that she survived.”

A BTP spokesman said: “Ash showed exceptional professionalism in saving this woman’s life.”

Father of two Ash started with the London Fire Brigade in Hackney when he was 21 fulfilling a childhood dream. From there he went on to join white watches at stations in Stratford, Hornchurch and Dagenham.

But travelling to work from his home in Alicante, Ash could quite possibly have the longest commute compared to colleagues.

After falling in love with Spain 13 years ago the family decided to move out there though keeping their home in Rainham.

But the commute won’t end because in spite of retiring from the brigade he will take up a new role working for the Home Office.

“I would go mental being at home seven days a week. For the last 13 years my wife hasn’t seen me four days a week. I think that’s been the key to a successful relationship,” Ash joked.

Though there have been some tough calls over the years, with the worst being a blaze at a party in Hackney which saw fatalities and a whole house gutted by the flames, Ash takes away many highlights.

“The biggest is working with a great group of people. It’s a great job working with fantastic people and helping the public,” he said.

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