Hum­ble hero is praised

NOM­I­NA­TION FOR SAV­ING A LIFE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

ALAN McNally is the hum­ble hero of the Lit­tle Bot­tler liquor store in Coly­ton.

The 72-year-old, who lives in Coly­ton, has been nom­i­nated for a Pride of Aus­tralia Out­stand­ing Brav­ery Medal for step­ping in to save Mur­ray Welsh who was be­ing threat­ened with a ma­chete.

Mr McNally bravely pulled an al­leged ma­chetewield­ing thief off Mr Welsh, a co-owner of the bot­tle shop, while he was vis­it­ing the store in May.

“They were slash­ing it at me,” Mr Welsh said. “All I was think­ing was, ‘Just keep away from the blade’.”

Mr McNally came run- ning out from the back room and bear hugged the al­leged at­tacker.

“I saw him wav­ing this knife at my mate so I thought the only way I’m go­ing to stop him is just grab him which I did,” Mr McNally said. “I got him to the ground and then Mur­ray pulled me off him. It was a bit silly him pulling me off, I thought once I got him down on the ground we could have got a hold of him.”

Mr McNally, a long-time friend of Mr Welsh, said he did not think much of what he did.

“I just thought it was strange some­one at­tack­ing my mate and I had to go and help him,” he said.

“I did not have a long time to think be­cause it all hap­pened so quick; it was just a re­ac­tion.”

“Be­ing an

ex-foot­baller, it’s a team sport sort of thing. You go into help and that’s it.”

Mr Welsh said he did not know what could have hap­pened had Mr McNally not been there.

“I haven’t even thought about where that could have gone and, hon­estly, I don’t want to,” he said.

Mr McNally’s wife, Chris- tina, said while her hus­band’s ac­tions were brave, she did not want him to make a habit of at­tack­ing armed men.

When Mr McNally found out about the nom­i­na­tion, he was lost for words. “I’m just over­come,” he said.

The al­leged at­tacker will face Pen­rith Court on Au­gust 7.

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