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Medics awarded for their bravery


Ambulance workers who rushed to the rescue at the scene of a stabbing have been recognised for their bravery.

Paramedic Dan Sneath, 29, and emergency medical technician Tony Barber, 44, discovered one person with multiple stab wounds and another armed with a knife when they arrived at a property following a call-out.

Arriving before police, they bravely made the decision to enter the building.

The pair, who are both from Melton, managed to persuade the attacker to put down the weapon, but were sadly unable to save the victim.

In recognition of their actions, they were presented with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (Emas) Willetts Award, for bravery "above and beyond the call of duty", earlier this week.

They were among several ambulance workers to be recognised at the ceremony.

Emas chairman Jon Towler, who hosted the evening, said: "It was a fantastic opportunity to take the time to thank our dedicated staff and volunteers for a job well done.

"I am proud of the 122 people and teams nominated for awards and know they represent the commitment and professionalism of Emas as a whole.

"The amazing stories we heard are a reminder of the difference colleagues and all volunteers – medical first responders, co-responders, doctors and community first responders – make to patients' lives."

Also among the winners was Emas events manager Clifford Ward, of Hinckley. The 64-year-old was described as a someone who "fully immerses himself in all things Emas, providing operational cover when normal resources are under pressure and being someone colleagues can turn to for help whatever the problem".

Rachel Makins, 33, and John Rushin, 63, both from Melton, received a teamwork award for "going above and beyond" the call of duty.

Ms Makins said: "We were overwhelmed. I am really proud to have won an award for something I so enjoy."

Paramedic Michael Jones, of Oakham, who is also a locality manager for the ambulance service, received an award in recognition of his work helping to improve performance.

A total of 45 long-service awards were also presented to staff who have been with Emas for 20 years or more.

The honours were presented by Emas chief executive Phil Milligan and Nottinghamshire's Lord Lieutenant Colonel, Tim Richmond. Former EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney also attended.

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