Wembley fitness instructor stopped man taking his own life

Station Officer Simon Horn congratulates Elias Maz

Station Officer Simon Horn congratulates Elias Maz - Credit: London Fire Brigade

A Wembley fitness instructor, who stepped up to save a man about to take his own life, has been honoured for his bravery.

Elias Maz was passing by a house during the summer when he saw the man in distress and immediately raised the alarm before climbing up onto a slippery porch roof to help him. Firefighters arrived shortly after. 

This week, Elias attended Wembley Fire Station to receive a commendation from the brigade’s borough commander Ian Thompson.

Station officer Simon Horn attended the incident. He said: “Elias trusted his instincts and not only dialled 999 straight away, he also immediately went to help. Having the confidence to act in that situation could have saved a life.”

Elias said: “I was walking from my car to the house where my girlfriend lives and we’d just been grocery shopping. 

“When I spotted the man in trouble, I just wanted to help. I told my girlfriend to call the emergency services while I called neighbours for help. To be honest, I was not expecting to receive anything for doing this. I am truly grateful for being honoured like this.”

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