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St John save the (ANZAC) day

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  • St John digger save

By: CFA News

Category: Partnerships, People

  1.26 PM 1 May, 2014

Location: General

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A 94-year-old digger who collapsed while marching on ANZAC Day in Melbourne has thanked St John volunteers and Ambulance Victoria paramedics for saving his life.

Jack Murphy had to be revived 6 times before being taken to Alfred Hospital where doctors have been amazed at his quick recovery.

Mr Murphy said if it hadn't have been for the St John volunteers right on the scene he believes he wouldn't have survived.

St John Vic CEO Stephen Horton said the organisation had a long tradition of volunteering at ANZAC parades across Victoria.

"Last Friday,  just like every ANZAC Day for almost 100 years, 230 St John volunteers were present at 43 services and marches throughout Victoria, including 60 at the Melbourne Dawn Service and March," he said.

"Our services are provided free as part of our commitment to community and in honour of the ANZAC spirit."

Watch the report on Seven News below to see Mr Murphy being reunited with one of the paramedics who helped save him:

Last Updated: 01 May 2014