Firefighter who tried to save teen who fell off Tesco roof ‘knew it wouldn’t work’

Heartbroken family and friends have paid tribute to Sarah Short, 13, who died at the scene after falling off a Tesco Express roof in Largs (Image: DailyRecord/ WS)

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An off-duty firefighter who tried to safe the life of a 13-year-old girl who fell from a Tesco Express roof over the weekend said he kept trying despite "knowing it wouldn't work".

Calum Little was returning home from a night out with a friend when he heard shouts for help coming from Aitken Street in Largs, Glasgow, on Saturday.

The 23-year-old rushed to help the stricken teenager, named locally as Sarah Short, who had fallen off the roof of the store shortly before midnight, the Daily Record reports.

He performed CPR and used a defibrillator to try and revive the girl before paramedics arrived at the scene.

But despite their best efforts, Sarah, from Fairlie, North Ayrshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Scotland have confirmed that her death is not being treated as suspicious.

An off-duty firefighter said he 'had to keep trying' to save the girl despite knowing there was nothing he could do
(Image: DailyRecord/ WS)

It comes after reports of another heroic effort by a nurse who reportedly leapt out of her taxi and rushed to the scene of the incident to perform CPR on the girl while the ambulance arrived.

Calum, who has been with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for just over a year, has been hailed a hero by local residents.

Speaking to the Daily Record, he said: “Myself and my pal were walking back down for a taxi when we heard somebody shouting for help.

“I’m a retained firefighter at Largs and my training just kicked in. I started CPR and got the defib to try and help her. There was also a nurse there who arrived maybe 10 minutes later.

“I just continued CPR along with another pal who is in the First Responders of Largs. He had come along to help us until the ambulance crew arrived.

Tributes have been left for Sarah, who died on Saturday
(Image: Dailyrecord/ WS)

“The main thing is we tried our best. We knew at the time that it wasn’t going to work but we just had to keep trying.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever come across anything like that. My thoughts and prayers are with the girl’s family and friends.”

Floral tributes and teddy bears have been left at the scene by devastated friends of the school girl.

A bereavement service has also been put in place at Largs Academy for any pupils affected by the tragedy.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 11:45pm on Saturday, 19 June, 2021, police were made aware a 13-year-old girl had been injured after falling from the roof of a building in Aitken Street, Largs.

"Emergency services attended and the girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Enquiries are ongoing, however, there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death."

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