Fall rescue crew get awards after scaffolding rescue

Four firefighters from Staffordshire have been awarded special commendations after they helped rescue a man who fell from his roof onto scaffolding.

Lichfield firefighters, front, watch manager Allen Kimber with firefighters Andy Carter, Richard Brown and Joanna Lawton receiving awards for rescuing a man
Lichfield firefighters, front, watch manager Allen Kimber with firefighters Andy Carter, Richard Brown and Joanna Lawton receiving awards for rescuing a man

The crew from Lichfield fire station not only rescued the elderly man who had suffered a heart attack from the scaffolding, but also helped paramedics treat him. It happened last February in the Chadsmead area of Lichfield. The victim died a week later.

Joanna Lawton, one of the firefighters to receive a commendation, said: “We helped work on the man for one-and-a-half hours to two hours. It is quite rare that we get that involved.” The other three to be recognised were Richard Brown, Andy Carter and watch manager Allen Kimber.

The presentation was held at Cannock community fire station yesterday.

Chief fire officer Peter Dartford said: “The crew worked extremely well with the paramedics in very challenging circumstances to achieve a positive outcome for the gentleman involved.

"Their actions were extremely professional and in keeping with the very best traditions of our service.”