Hillsborough victim was helped by off-duty Met police officer

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE 'Undated family handout photo of Colin Wafer who died in the Hillsborough disaster, as family members have come to the witness box to recount their memories of their loved ones at the inquests examining the Hillsborough tragedy, at the purpose-built courtroom. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 8, 2014. See PA story INQUEST Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Family handout/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE 'Undated family handout photo of Colin Wafer who died in the Hillsborough disaster, as family members have come to the witness box to recount their memories of their loved ones at the inquests examining the Hillsborough tragedy, at the purpose-built courtroom. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 8, 2014. See PA story INQUEST Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Family handout/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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A 19-year-old man who was a victim of the Hillsborough Disaster was ‘as lively and bright as his red hair.’

The inquests into the tragedy heard Colin Wafer was ‘outgoing and popular’ in a family statement.

The young Anfield man had travelled to Hillsborough Stadium alone by coach on the day of the disaster.

The inquest was played footage of Colin in pen three of the Leppings Lane terrace, having made his way there through the tunnel.

At 3.17pm, his green jacket can be seen at the front of the pen, where casualties were lying.

Witness Steven McPherson Allen told the inquests he was a spectator at the match but was also a Met police officer.

He became involved in moving casualties, including Colin, from pen three.

Footage showed Mr McPherson Allen dragging Colin through the gate in the pen and laying him on the pitch so that police officers could perform CPR on him.

In a statement made in July 1989, Mr McPherson Allen said: “I remember that this youth was dead and blocking the exit of the pitch, stopping other people being moved.

He added: “I have to say, I’m no medical expert so you just, you know, you do the best you can.”

Brenda Campbell, who asked Mr McPherson Allen questions on behalf of Colin’s family, gave him ‘heartfelt thanks’ for what he did on the day.

The inquests heard he also helped another of the 96, 67-year-old Gerard Baron, and gave him mouth-to-mouth and heart massage.

The inquests continue.