2020 Winner

Greg Galloway


Schoolboy who pulled his grandad from a fast-flowing river after he suffered a bleed on the brain during a fishing trip.

It was Greg’s first fishing trip with his grandad, and the youngster had just caught his first salmon from a remote stretch of the River Irvine. But as his grandad John Howe, 61, was helping him take it off the hook, he suffered a stroke. He lost feeling in his left side and fell into the water. 

It was getting dark and the water was flowing fast, but Greg, then nine, waded in and managed to drag him out of the water and on to the bank. He then used John’s phone to call his mum, Jennifer. 

Somehow Greg managed to shift his papa out of the water and onto the embankment, where he kept him awake and constantly reassured him that help was coming. Greg then directed Jennifer over two fields to the exact spot where they were fishing so she could find them. Jennifer then contacted the emergency services and John was taken to Crosshouse Hospital, where he has since made a full recovery.