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Last Updated: Friday, 8 July, 2005, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
Ex-firefighter assists passengers
Paul Dadge with Davinia
Paul Dadge said he did what he could to help
A former firefighter from Staffordshire who gave first aid to passengers injured in the London bombings insists he is not a hero.

Paul Dadge, a project manager for telecoms firm AOL, from Cannock, was photographed helping a woman who suffered serious burns to her face.

The 28-year-old found himself on the front of a number of national newspapers on Friday.

Mr Dadge said he wanted to get in touch with the woman to find out how she was.

"The woman I was photographed helping was called Davinia. I believe she was 28," he said.

I am not a hero, not at all
Paul Dadge

But she was one of a number of people I tried to help.

"I just basically tried to carry out basic triage to assess their injuries.

"I was trained in first aid when I was in the fire service but to be honest I think it was instinct more than training that took over.

"I always seem to be in the wrong place at the right time.

"I am not a hero, not at all. I just happened to be on the spot and I did what I could to help.

Returning home

Mr Dadge was on a train from King's Cross going to Hammersmith, where he is working and had to stop at Baker Street.

He said he came across injured passengers from the explosion between King's Cross and Russell Square.

Mr Dadge, who spent a year in the Berkshire Fire Service based at Wokingham, said the injured were moved into a hotel and he provided basic first aid for about half a dozen people.

"I had been in the fire service for about a year but I've never seen anything quite as bad as yesterday," he said.

"I'm getting a train back to Cannock today but I'm planning to be back at work as normal on Monday and will be travelling on the Tube again."


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