Falkirk firefighter is part of effort to save runner

Runner Grant Morrison.
Runner Grant Morrison.

An off-duty firefighter was part of a life-saving team that resuscitated a man who collapsed while running a half marathon.

Grant Morrison from Redding was seven miles into the Alloa half marathon on Sunday when he saw a fellow runner lying on the ground.

The dad rushed to the man after seeing another runner - a doctor - giving the man chest compressions.

Grant (32) then teamed up with another competitor - a nurse - who gave the man mouth-to-mouth.

Grant said: “It was surreal. At first I thought he was lying there because he was exhausted,

“I have first aid training so I helped out. The doctor and a paramedic were the professionals, so they took the lead.

“After two minutes we managed to get a strong pulse, and he was breathing again.”

The team were then joined by another runner - a clinical consultant - who supervised until the ambulance arrived.

And modest Grant, who claims he’s no hero, then carried on with the run.

Waiting at the finish line was Grant’s wife Fiona and daughter Emily (2).

Grant said: “They must have been wondering where I was because I’d being training really hard and was hoping to finish in one hour 30 minutes, but I crossed the line in 1:50.

“I still can’t believe it happened, but I’m just happy the man who fell ill is okay and making a recovery.”