Northants Police officer saves Wellingborough man’s life at gym

Sgt Alan McMahon with Ray Charters, right, his wife Sue and police commissioner Adam Simmonds
Sgt Alan McMahon with Ray Charters, right, his wife Sue and police commissioner Adam Simmonds

A police officer who saved a Wellingborough man’s life during a trip to the gym has been nominated for an award by Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Following a 12-hour shift in Northampton, Sgt Alan McMahon visited his gym in Wellingborough on January 11 to pick up his children from a tae kwon-do lesson.

But when he arrived at the gym, he immediately realised something was wrong.

He then saw Wellingborough man Ray Charters, 62, on the floor, having had a heart attack during a work-out.

He immediately grabbed the gym’s defibrillator and started work to resuscitate him.

He said: “Ray didn’t have a pulse and was bleeding after hitting his head on an exercise machine.

“So I did CPR on him for about 18 minutes and shocked him two times with the defibrillator and eventually he came back.

“Defibrillators are a real life-saving piece of kit.

“Every public building should have them in my opinion.”

Ray was taken from the gym to Kettering General Hospital and has since made a good recovery.

Along with his wife Sue, he visited the force’s headquarters at Wootton Hall today to personally thank Alan.

He said: “Sue and I feel that what Alan did on that evening was above and beyond anything we could expect.

“The depth of gratitude we have for him is immense.”

Sue added: “To us, Alan is a superhero. Without him, we wouldn’t have Ray.”

In recognition of his work to save Ray’s life, Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, has nominated Alan for an award from the force.

He said: “Alan’s entire job is dedicated to making sure people are protected and safe, and it seems that whether he’s in or out of uniform, that approach is in his DNA.”