Humble hero is praised
NOMINATION FOR SAVING A LIFE
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.”
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.