Paul Reid was picking up his friend on Monday evening from Ariana Grande’s pop concert when an attacker detonated a bomb resulting in killing 22 people and injuring at least 59.
As soon as he heard the sound of the explosion, Reid ran in the direction of the noise. On his way, Reid found an 8-year-old little girl named Saffie Rose Roussos. She was lying on the floor as she couldn’t breathe and her consciousness comes and go. It was clear that her legs have been fractured.
Reid saves Saffie
“I asked her her name and I thought she said ‘Sophie,’ and I asked her age,” Reid said. “Then I realized she was struggling to talk and she asked, ‘Where’s my mum?’ ”
As she was dying, Reid, who is a forklift operator in Walsall, comforted her and held her face.
“I said, ‘We’re going to find her in a minute,’ ” Reid continues. “She asked me, ‘What’s happened?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know — but we’re going to get you some help.’ ”
“I kept on being like, ‘Sophie, come on. We are going to go now’ — trying to keep her talking, keep her awake,” he added.
Police then arrived while Reid helped to take Saffie out using a stretcher.
Reid decides to help everyone out
Reid then decided to aid anyone who needed help. When he saw a paramedic treating a man with abdominal bleed, he told the paramedic to help other people as he held the injured man’s bandage in place.
“[I] started talking to the man and reassured him that help was coming,” Reid states. “He was from Liverpool and I asked him if he was an Everton or a Liverpool [soccer] fan. He said he was a Liverpool fan and I said, ‘I’ll stop and help you now!’ It was just to help him to get him talking. He had a smile to himself and I said we would watch some football.”
Reid spent the whole night helping people and doing his best to support the victims.
“If it happened again, I would run straight up those stairs again,” he noted.