Son speaks out as TV paramedics stabbed on 999 call out named
Paramedics Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans, named today as the stabbing victims, previously featured together on a TV documentary.
'It's awful you can't be safe at work.'
The son of a paramedic stabbed along with a colleague while on a 999 call out has spoken of his shock at the attack.
Paramedics Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans were attacked as they went inside a maisonette in Wolverhampton yesterday.
They had been called to carry out a welfare check on a man living at the flat in Stephens Close, Ashmore Park, at around 12.15pm.
The colleagues had been accompanied by police officers on the call with it thought the man was having a "mental health crisis".
Neighbours told how they they heard a scream moments after paramedics and officers entered the flat. The paramedics were stabbed in the chest.
Both were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, for further treatment.
Mr Hipgrave was released last night and is continuing his recovery at home.
Ms Evans remains at the same hospital where she is receiving on going treatment, she remains in a stable condition, said West Midlands Ambulance Service.
The pair had featured together in a Christmas special of Inside the Ambulance last year screened on W, a UKTV channel.
The show follows West Midlands Ambulance Service crews as they attend call outs.
Mr Hipgrave's son Tom last night tweeted: "My dad was one of the paramedics stabbed in Wolverhampton today. Its awful you can't be safe at work. Hope you get better dad."
His daughter Jess also posted on Twitter saying: "My dad was one of the two paramedics stabbed today in Wolverhampton. He was only trying to do his job.
"We are so lucky that we still have our dad here with us and will be eternally grateful for the crew that helped him and his colleague. Today could have been so much worse."
Among those to wish the family well were broadcaster Suzi Perry who tweeted in response: "We hope so too, so much. Sending all love to you and your family Tom."
Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, today said: “Thankfully, both Michael and Deena are recovering well after yesterday’s ordeal.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the hospital for their assistance and for looking after my members of staff in such a professional and caring manner.”
A 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding at the scene and police have now been granted extra time for questioning.
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