HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Lila and James Photo: KFRS

Two of Kent’s on-call firefighters have been praised by HRH The Duke of Cambridge for their efforts to save the life of five-year-old Lila Page from Rainham.

Firefighter James Knight and Watch Manager Marc Rustage, alongside ambulance technician Charlotte Speers, were reunited with Lila and her mum today (9 September), as special guests of The Duke on Emergency Services Day at Dockhead Fire Station in London. 

On 12 March last year, the trio jumped into action while off duty, when Lila collapsed and stopped breathing at The Railway pub.

James, Charlotte, Lila and Marc

James, Charlotte, Lila and Marc Photo KFRS

After hearing screams across the room they rushed over to help, carried out CPR and accessed a defibrillator from Rainham fire station over the road. 

Lila was successfully resuscitated, and handed into the care of South East Coast Ambulance Service paramedics. Following further treatment and tests, it was discovered that Lila has a heart condition. She has since had surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital and is doing very well.

On-call Firefighter James Knight said: “Marc and I are really grateful to be recognised for our role in helping Lila that day, and it has been an honour to be praised by The Duke of Cambridge for our work. We did just what any of our blue light colleagues would do in that situation – we’ll always help people where we can, that’s why we joined the fire service.

“We’re over the moon that Lila has made a full recovery, and it was a joy to meet her in much happier circumstances today.”

By Ed

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