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Cornwall news Hero dad who saved man from burning building dies from Covid UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Mal was commended for his bravery

Cornwall news  Hero dad who saved man from burning building dies from Covid UK news
21 February 2021 - 13:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tributes have been paid to a former ambulanceman – who was recognised at the House of Commons for his bravery – following his tragic death from Covid-related symptoms earlier this week. Dad-of four Malcolm ‘Mal’ Rowe, from Helston, was admitted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, on January 17 and sadly died in the early hours of Tuesday, February 16, aged 62. When his family announced his death on Facebook this week they received more than 500 comments from devastated people who knew Mal, many of whom were treated by him during the 32 years he worked for the ambulance service. A Gofundme page set up to help raise funds for Mal’s funeral has so far doubled its £1,000 target. His son Dan said: “Everyone’s kind words and the fact the Gofundme page has raised so much shows how many people thought dad was a great guy. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. He’d never been in hospital before other than when he was diagnosed with diabetes over ten years ago.” Mal, who was originally from Birmingham, met his wife Irene while stationed in Liverpool with the Royal Navy. It was their 40th wedding anniversary last October. The couple moved to Birmingham where Mal left the Navy and joined the ambulance service, before the family came to Helston in 2000 after Mal was transferred to Cornwall. Alongside Irene – who works at Trengrouse care home in Helston – Mal leaves sons Dan, Sam and David, daughter Emma and eight grandchildren. Mal Rowe pictured at his daughter's wedding Mal had a distinguished career as an ambulance advanced technician, administering emergency care across Cornwall, until his retirement in 2013. He was rewarded twice for bravery. In 1988 Mal was first on the scene at a house fire in Birmingham. A certificate he received for his courageous actions states: “With total disregard for his own safety, Mr Rowe kicked open the front door and was instantly engulfed in a wall of thick black smoke. The fire was now well and truly ablaze and Mr Rowe’s vision drastically impaired by the noxious smoke. “Undeterred, he managed to locate the occupier of the building and lead him to safety, where he could administer medical treatment for the effects of smoke inhalation.” In 2008 Mal picked up another bravery award at the House of Commons with South Western Ambulance Service colleague Alan Orchard after they were winched 160ft down a cliff at Poldhu Cove, Mullion, to treat the badly injured driver of a car which had plunged on to rocks below. A press report at the time said: “Neither of the crew had ever been in a search and rescue helicopter before, let alone being winched down over a cliff, which showed remarkable bravery and courage.

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. Mal pictured with the Olympic torch in 2012 Mal’s family are still coming to terms with his death. Dan said: “We thought he would get better. Being my dad, I thought everything would be okay – when he was taken to Treliske he actually walked into the hospital.” His symptoms started as loss of taste and smell with bad headaches, but when he started having difficulty breathing, he was advised to phone for an ambulance by a doctor he worked with. Mal was given oxygen, but was transferred to the intensive care unit on January 22, where he was put on a ventilator six days later. Sadly, despite fighting off one bout of pneumonia he developed a second, more severe kind, and died on Tuesday. "We are lucky we have a close, big family,” said Dan. “I can’t imagine anybody going through this on their own. My dad was devoted to my mum, all of us and his grandchildren – and he loved his French bulldog Rocco, who he called ‘Champ’.” Mal was a big fan of rugby and also accompanied Dan when he played in football matches with RNAS Culdrose Football Club, Helston AFC and for Cornwall, as well as supporting David at boxing matches. Dan wrote on the fundraising page: "Taken away from us all far too early, it won't be the same without you around and you will forever be looking over us. You will never be forgotten. Always in our hearts." You can stay up to date on the top news and events near you with CornwallLive’s FREE newsletters – enter your email address at the top of the page. His funeral is due to take place on Friday, March 5, at 11am, at Treswithian Downs Crematorium in Camborne, which due to Covid rules is strictly limited to a small number of family members. The ambulance service will escort the hearse from Mal’s home at Hellis Wartha through Helston at around 10.30am, while former colleagues will perform a socially distanced guard of honour outside the crematorium. The fundraising page will pay for flowers for those who can’t attend and a possible memorial at Treswithian.

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